A school board member in California is being investigation after allegedly espousing pro-Nazi and other controversial views online.
Saugus Union School District (SUSD) Board member Stephen Winkler wrote an array of racist comments online including a Twitter post that read, “A spirit of national socialism is encouraged by an effete core of impudent snobs, who characterize themselves as teachers of Saugus Union.”
The local Santa Clarita blog SCVTalk also confirmed a YouTube account that allegedly belongs to Winkler featured several comments in support of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.
The school official denied connection to the comments.
“I was a member of the Democratic Party all my life,” Winkler said in an interview with a local news station. “How could you be a liberal Democrat and be a supporter of Hitler? That’s an absolute contradiction.”
President of the Saugus school board, Judy Umech, confirmed, however, that an investigation is underway.
“What the Board will be doing is evaluating the allegations,” Umeck said, adding that Winkler is not an employee of the school district.
As an elected official, Winkler, who said he has no plans to resign, cannot be fired, but the SUSD Board can ask for his resignation or he could be recalled by voters, according to local news reports.
The tweet appears to be a slightly altered version of a well-known quote from former U.S. vice president Spiro Agnew, who said: "A spirit of national masochism prevails, encouraged by an effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals."