WATCH: City Councilman Starts Bar Brawl By Calling Man A ‘Spic’ And Trash Talking U.S. Marines (VIDEO)

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At a time when racial relations are marching toward a more even-handed standing, it is astounding that a politician publicly threatens any person or starts a brawl. The stupidity of such an act nearly guarantees he will lose his minority block of votes. But that is exactly what happened with Joliet, Illinois councilman Larry Hug, in a big way.

Joliet is about 40 miles southwest of Chicago. Hug was seen at a bar insulting nearby Channahon mayors, insulting the Marines, making racial slurs, and threatening Mark Koenig, a local realtor. According to the Herald News, Carlos Tinoco witnessed the event:

‘He [Hug] was just being inappropriate the entire time.’

As Tinoco, who is Hispanic, left the smoking area where Hug was, the councilman leaned toward him and mumbled a racial slur directed at Hispanics:

‘I said, “I’m going to be right back with you.”’

Tinoco was not in the area when a fight broke out between Hug and Koenig, but he understood that Hug insulted the Marines. Then, Koenig, a son of a Vietnam War-era Marine, took offense.

Video from the bar that night confirms that Koenig was angry and came over to Hug and hit him with an open hand several times.

Tinoco came forward at this time, because he believes the authorities redacted his statement from police reports, and he says Hug described himself as the victim. He also said that Hug’s version was inaccurate:

‘The whole thing was just getting out of hand. I felt if we’re going to put it out there, let’s just put it out there.’

When Tinoco returned, Koenig had already hit Hug. During the incident, he heard Hug tell Koenig:

‘I’ll shoot you in the face and beat you like you were 12 years old.’

‘Everybody’s making it sound like he [Hug] said, “I don’t like the Rialto [a real estate development],” and then Mark came across and slapped him.’

‘There was a lot more than that.’

Hug described the incident in a statement he released, calling Tinoco’s words “false” and “a malicious attack on my integrity by a friend of the accused.” According to the Herald News, Hug said that it was an:

‘…an unfortunate example of the mounting risks that elected officials face in these increasingly volatile times. The video, police reports and other evidence will demonstrate the truth through the appropriate legal process.’

‘Anyone who knows me knows that I stand firm on issues no matter how controversial but I do so with respect and dignity.’

Police arrested Koenig for misdemeanor battery.

Hug needs to take some classes on successful politicking.

Check out the bar’s video of the incident:

Featured  Image: Screengrab, The Herald News.

H/T: The Herald News.