“Mr. Nevel, you and your people talk about reparations,” he said, mentioning Jesse Nevel, a white campaign opponent who heads a group calling for reparations for African Americans. “The reparations that you talk about, Mr. Nevel, your people already got your reparations. Your reparations came in the form of a man named Barack Obama.”
He added: “My advice to you, if you don’t like it here in America, planes leave every hour from Tampa airport. Go back to Africa. Go back to Africa. Go back!”
But Congemi, who is also white, told The Washington Post that Nevel and the group that backs him lack real solutions and are “unhappy about the whole system in America.”
Conversely, he said, he has “nothing against African Americans who are doing their best here in America.”
“I had never met Jesse Nevel until last night,” Congemi said on Wednesday. “It’s obvious he is a self-hating white man.”Congemi told The Post he was a lifelong Democrat who switched allegiances after then-President Barack Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage.
Now, he’s a Republican and a Trump supporter.
He said he believes homosexuality is immoral and criticized incumbent mayor Rick Kriseman, a Democrat, for taking part in St. Petersburg’s gay pride parade and flying the pride flag over city hall.
“I’m not politically correct,” Congemi said.