Tito, Get Yourself Some Tissue: Trumper Ortiz Caught Grifting the Government

A California city councilman who’s also a vocal Donald Trump supporter and notorious QAnon conspiracist and coronavirus denier got caught filing for unemployment when he’s still fully employed.

Tito Ortiz, a UFC star and the Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem, filed an unemployment claim related to COVID-19 on February 22nd with the California Employment Development Department stating that he was “still working part-time or on-call”.

City council members receive $1,500 a month, plus a stipend and expense allowance on top of that, and are not eligible for unemployment, particularly when they are receiving their full salary. And Ortiz has been receiving the same amount of wages and hours as usual.

Ortiz listed the city as his employer and gave his first day of work as December 7th, when he was sworn in after easily winning the election using signs that resembled Trump’s campaign materials, and claimed his last day of work was February 9th although he still serves on the council.


This isn’t the first time Ortiz has gotten himself in trouble in Huntington Beach. The city council considered striping him of his mayor pro tem title earlier in the year after his refusal to wear a mask at city council meetings, and at a local burger restaurant.

Ortiz was forced to apologize in January after posting an anti-mask rant about a popular local burger restaurant on his Instagram account, and fellow council members Mike Posey and Dan Kalmick introduced a proposal to have him removed as mayor pro tem because he showed “little commitment to serving in the role with honor and dignity.”

The council ultimately did not vote on the matter. Ortiz has yet to publicly comment on his latest run-in with the local government or the other legal issues he’s currently facing.



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