Transphobic Republican Lawmaker Calls Fellow Senators N-word In Racist Rant With Black Colleagues

A Florida state senator used racial slurs and insults in a private after-hours conversation with African-American colleagues, reports the Miami Herald.

While having late night drinks at the members-only Governors Club just steps from the state Capitol, Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles told Sens. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville and Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale that Senate President Joe Negron of Stuart had risen to his powerful GOP leadership role because “six niggers” in the Republican caucus had elected him.

RawStory adds:
[su_quote style=”flat-light”]“He said, ‘If it wasn’t for these six n*ggers,’” Gibson explained. According to Gibson, Artiles also referred to her as “this f*cking asshole” and “this bitch.”

Gibson said she left the conversation, at which point Thurston confronted Artiles.

“I said, ‘Dude, did you say ‘n*ggers?’” Thurston told the Herald. “‘No, I said ‘niggas,’” which is different in his mind.”

Thurston urged Artiles to apologize, even offering to accompany him to Gibson’s office the next morning. Artiles didn’t show up.[/su_quote]

“In an exchange with a colleague of mine in the Senate, I, unfortunately, let my temper get the best of me,” Artiles said in a statement. “There is no excuse for the exchange that occurred and I have apologized to my Senate colleagues and regret the incident profusely.”

Artiles, a Cuban-American, is a former state House member who was elected to the Senate in November.

Back in 2015, the then Florida State Rep. introduced a bill that would prevent transgender people from using the restroom that matches their gender.

According to HB 538, a trans person that did not use a bathroom matching their birth certificate would commit a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine.

The bill would “secure privacy and safety for all individuals.”