In May 2014, in pre-Donald Trump Orange County, 23-year-old Christopher Lee Rogers couldn't get a job and he found a scapegoat: "Wetbacks."
Rogers stood in front of a Santa Ana auto repair shop owned by Ruben Borroels and his two sons and decided to let them know of his feelings, according to court records.
"I can't get a job because of you Mexicans," he screamed. "If you are Mexican, go back to Mexico . . . Fuck you, you wetback, Mexican, get out of America!"
Rogers then entered the workshop, picked up a broom and began sweeping while yelling additional slurs and threatening a fight.
After slightly connecting a punch to Ruben's chin, the jobless man called 911, believing he was in the right and could have the business owners deported.
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By the time Santa Ana Police Department officer Michael McCarthy arrived, Rogers had fled but was located about a block away. He told McCarthy to "fuck off" and questioned the officer's nationality.
The fiasco landed Rogers in court, where in January 2015 he received a punishment of 16 months in jail after a jury convicted him of felony assault that was a hate crime, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
But he appealed, claiming he'd acted in self-defense and that he'd entered the business merely to apply for a job.
Late last month, the California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana determined from a police report that Roger had been intoxicated during the incident, rejected his self-defense assertion, essentially laughed at the job seeking explanation and affirmed the conviction.