Ken Turnage II was removed from his role as chairman of the Antioch, California planning commission after he took to Facebook to complain that “the elderly, the homeless and people with weak immune systems” are “a drain to our society” and should be wiped out by the coronavirus, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Times describes Tunage’s Facebook post:
“If we were to live our lives, let nature run its course, yes we will all feel hardship, we will all feel loss,” he wrote on Facebook. But “as a species,” he continued, the deaths would alleviate strain on the country’s healthcare and Social Security systems and free up jobs and housing.
As for “our homeless and other people who just defile themselves by either choice or mental issues,” Turnage wrote, the virus would “fix what is a significant burden on our society.”
Turnage has since been complaining that he has been receiving hate mail and death threats. He also claims that his remarks were only “to start debate and conversation about the epidemic.”
You can see his remarks below: