CBS/AP November 19, 2018, 6:50 AM Official who said whites are "master race" must resign, Kansas governor says

This image made from a Nov. 13, 2018 video of Leavenworth County Board of County Commissioners meeting shows a white county commissioner Louis Klemp of Leavenworth County in northeast Kansas, second from top right, saying he belongs to "the master race" as he critiqued a land-use proposal by a black city planner Triveece Penelton, left, at a board meeting in Leavenworth, Kan.

Board of Leavenworth County Commissioners via AP

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has called on a white county official to resign after the official said at a public meeting that he belongs to "the master race." Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp cited the master race – the Nazi ideology of Aryan supremacy – at a board meeting Tuesday while responding to a presentation by a black official, Triveece Penelton, on road development options in Tonganoxie, just west of Kansas City.

Colyer, a Republican, says in a statement Saturday that the remark was unacceptable. He says: "Racial and discriminative language have no place in our society and most especially when spoken by someone holding public office."

Some members of the county commission also have called on Klemp to resign. Klemp, who was appointed to fill a Republican vacancy, told KSHB-TV off camera that his comment was a joke.

CBS affiliate KCTV reports that Commissioner Bob Holland said the bizarre observations had nothing to do with the agenda.

"What's this master race?" Bob Holland said. "None of us are master race. We're all American and we're all human beings."

However, Leavenworth County Administrator Mark Loughry released a statement saying the "use of the term 'Master Race,' as ill-advised as it may be, was not a reference to Nazis or used in a racist manner in this instance."

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