On Saturday, Trenton Councilwoman Robin Vaughn let loose a stream of expletives and homophobic insults against the New Jersey city’s gay mayor, after a disagreement between the two about funding for nonprofit organizations during a conference call.
In the audio we obtained, Councilwoman Robin Vaughn, other members of the Trenton City Council and Mayor Reed Gusciora were discussing efforts to manage the city during the coronavirus pandemic when Vaughn and Gusciora got into a confrontation on “do-nothing” charity organizations getting city money and launched into an angry tirade over the phone.
The heated argument begins around the 20min mark.
The 10-minute expletive-laced rant by Councilwoman Robin Vaughn included calling Mayor Reed Gusciora a “pedophile.” She also accused another city official of performing a sexual act on the city’s first openly gay mayor and called the mayor a “woman” and a “bitch a**.”
After reports of the call started circulating, a prominent New Jersey group that advocates for LGBTQ rights are now calling on Vaughn to step down as West Ward councilwoman.
“Councilwoman Vaughn is unfit to serve the people of Trenton,” Christian Fuscarino, executive director of Garden State Equality, told The Trentonian in a statement Sunday. “There’s no need to parse words here: for her hateful anti-LGBTQ language and defending the anti-Semitic slurs of others, she must resign. Her words are an attack on the diversity of Trenton’s community, the city’s elected leadership, and our state as a whole. Any decent-minded New Jerseyan who believes in the success and future of our state’s capital should denounce this hateful rhetoric and call for her to step down immediately.”
Vaughn responded on Facebook to the reports calling for the full audio (which is above) or transcript to be released.
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