Following comments that his city should reject refugees in the way the U.S. interned Japanese-American citizens during World War II the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, has lost his spot on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's Virginia Leadership Council.
Davis Bowers had been on the Virginia committee since early October, but a Clinton source confirmed he is no longer on the committee.
A Clinton campaign spokesman slammed Bowers' comments in a statement.
"The internment of people of Japanese descent is a dark cloud on our nation's history and to suggest that it is anything but a horrible moment in our past is outrageous," said Josh Schwerin, a Clinton campaign spokesman.
The Democratic mayor had cited Japanese internment camps in a letter opposing the resettlement of Syrian refugees.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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