Hillsboro mayor apologizes for Facebook rant

Posted at 12:35 AM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 00:35:08-05

HILLSBORO, Ohio -- Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings said he's sorry for a social media rant many saw as racist and inappropriate.

Drew Hastings, a professional comedian, said on Facebook last month that "we are in a revolution in this country," before listing racial, religious and political groups that he claimed are "at war" in the U.S.

The Facebook status update was made after a shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, with a preceding post accusing the Colorado shooting that killed three people of being a "clever, devious fundraising effort."

At Monday night's City Council meeting, Hastings called his rant "a distraction."

"I apologize to the black community, I apologize to the white community, I apologize to the entire city of Hillsboro, and to the city council for this distraction from day-to-day work which you should not have to deal with," he said.

Some residents who attended the meeting said Hastings, as Hillsboro's mayor, shouldn't have made such an unprofessional post on social media, saying it disgraced the office he serves.

BACKGROUND: Hillsboro mayor under fire for Facebook post

The post got more than 300 "likes" before Hastings deleted it two weeks ago.

The Associated Press reported Hastings was re-elected in 2015 with 59 percent of mayoral votes in the 6,600 person town.

Hastings' website says "he’s outspoken, serious, politically incorrect and passionate about economic development."

He also describes himself as a farmer, and his website states he became a farmer because he wanted "to live on both sides of the food chain."