Election worker fired for wearing a pro-Trump outfit claims his civil rights have been abused

A California election worker who was fired for wearing a Donald Trump outfit in the Gavin Newsom recall election says he has not broken any rules and his civil rights have been violated.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Dmitriy Belyavskiy alleged that Los Angeles County officials were politically biased and unconstitutional when they kicked him out of a polling center where he volunteered last week.

He said he was selected while the county had taken no action against other election officials wearing left-wing or liberal political attire, including a county employee wearing a Black Lives Matter mask.

The 45-year-old Uzbek-born US citizen said he had volunteered to be an election worker since 2007 – and had been a die-hard Trump fan for just as long.

Belyavskiy worked as an election reserve last week, manning polling stations and helping voters cast their vote in the gubernatorial election while dressed from head to toe in Trump memorabilia.

Dmitriy Belyavskiy, 45, is the California election worker who was fired last week for wearing a pro-Trump outfit in the Gavin Newsom recall election

Belyavskiy told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that Los Angeles County employees were politically biased and acted unconstitutionally

A voter posted a photo of him on Twitter and several others resented his fancy outfit and complained to the county, which fired him last Tuesday.

But Belyavskiy says he acted within California rules that prohibit “election campaigning” within 30 meters of a polling station, defined as “the visual display or audible dissemination of information advocating for or against a candidate or an action on the ballot “.

“I wore Donald Trump’s outfit in every location assigned to me. People complained, but the district officials released me, ”said the 45-year-old high school teacher.

“It’s absolutely and perfectly legal. The vote.net website clearly states that California law requires an individual to be involved in a vote or action in order to advertise an election. Donald Trump is not on the ballot and obviously he’s not a yardstick. That’s what I call a violation of civil rights.

“I knew pretty well it was going to happen, but I said I wasn’t going to give in. It is my personal right to express myself. ‘

Belyavskiy, who grew up in Soviet Russia, said the incident made him feel like he was back in the USSR.

“As Joseph Stalin said, the important thing is not who votes, but who counts the votes,” he told DailyMail.com.

“People are scared. If you’re a Republican, you have to stay in the closet, let alone wear a Trump outfit. It’s the same as in the old Soviet Union. It’s like being gay 30 years ago. “

Belyavskiy said he left his hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, at the age of 19 to flee communist oppression and anti-Semitism.

“After graduation, I hated the country, I hated the system, so I left. I hated the way they treated Jews, anti-Semitism. I’ve been called ak * ke since I was seven years old.

“When I was a little kid I saw Russian troops rolling through with tanks during the Soviet-Afghan war,” he added.

“A distant uncle was a colonel in the Red Army. He told me how the Soviets used their soldiers like cattle, as if they were expendable. ‘

Belyavskiy said he plunged into American life after emigrating and even served in the US Army.

A Twitter user posted the photo last Tuesday. By the end of the day, the viral photo had the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder / County Clerk pulled the polling officer off the ground

The 45-year-old Uzbek-born US citizen said he had volunteered as an election worker since 2007 and had been a die-hard Trump fan for just as long. Belyavskiy said he was the former president’s biggest fan and regularly wears his wardrobe full of MAGA memorabilia when wandering Los Angeles

Belyavskiy provided DailyMail.com parking permits issued by LA County for its volunteer work at polling centers in previous elections. Belyavskiy said he has volunteered in dozens of elections for the county

Belyavskiy began to take part in the elections voluntarily in 2007 and was later promoted to “reservist” in his honorary position for the district. His parking permits are shown

He began volunteering around 2007 through a program at a private school in West Hollywood where he taught K-12 children’s chess and various academic subjects.

He was later promoted to “reservist” as a volunteer for the district and received a scholarship to help vote at polling stations for the past 14 years.

Belyavskiy, who grew up in Soviet Russia, said the incident made him feel like he was back in the USSR. He is shown in a much younger, undated photo

In 2007, Trump also won Belyavskiy’s heart when he first stumbled upon the reality show The Apprentice.

“I’ve loved Trump since The Apprentice in 2007,” he said. “I’ve had Trump ties since they came out. I love his style, his way of speaking. None of that glossing over crap, he just says, “You’re fired”.

“When he talked about illegals, calling a spade a spade, the economy and China stealing our property, that was all I thought. He talks about things that are close to my heart.

“He’s a very nice guy, a generous guy. It’s a bit soft to me, but it’s the best we’ve had since Ronald Reagan. ‘

Belyavskiy said he was the former president’s biggest fan and regularly wore his closet full of MAGA memorabilia when wandering Los Angeles.

When it came to the election to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom, the former teacher said it was only natural for him to put on his Trump T-shirt, hat, socks and bracelet.

Belyavskiy told DailyMail.com that he specifically asked district officials during the eight-hour training campaign for election workers whether his politically charged clothing was acceptable in his role.

“I asked, can you say exactly what campaigning is?” he said. “The great Ronald Reagan is unfortunately no longer with us, he was President or Bill Clinton, he hardly moves, but he is still alive, he was formerly President, but he is not running for anything else. Can I be campaigning if I wear a Ronald Reagan T-shirt?

“The person who did the training said if I want to come tomorrow with a Hillary Clinton or Obama t-shirt, then go ahead. They passed it on to Hillary and Obama. But in any case it was the green light – if the person is not on the ballot, if the person is not running for anything, move on.

“I asked them what about political organizations like Antifa, Proud Boys, Black Lives Matter, they said yes, sure.”

His MAGA outfits sparked four days of early voting comments at the stations where he worked in Pacific Palisades, Burbank, and Woodland Hills, but no official crackdown.

He said he drew the ire of some voters when he wore a star and stripe costume on September 11 to celebrate the 20 th shirt during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

But on the last election day in West Hollywood last Tuesday morning, Belyavskiy said a county executive had arrived and told him his job was over and he had to go or she would call the police.

“I wore my black Trump hat, a MAGA t-shirt, and on the back there was Trump’s quote that ‘America will never be a socialist country,’ and I wore Trump socks,” he said.

“They told me to go. I told her this is unconstitutional, you are abusing power, it is unconstitutional and it violates my civil rights.

“She said we’d call the sheriff and they’d remove you. I said, if you relieve me of my duties, I will no longer represent the district, I am a normal citizen and how can you remove me from the polling station as a citizen? ‘

He said he was selected while no action was taken against other campaigners with leftist or liberal political attire. Belyavskiy works as a high school teacher

Tuesday was the last day Californians could vote on a dismissal to see if Governor Gavin Newsom should be removed. The democrat stopped his office in a landslide

Finally, Belyavskiy gave in and left.

The tutor added that he believes the county workers have shown favoritism by failing to monitor other clothing he described as political, including another electoral worker wearing a Black Lives Matter face mask.

“She wore a collage photo mask with the photos of everyone who opposed the arrest, including George Floyd in the middle of the collage,” he said.

“I’ve never had a problem with her wearing it, although I see BLM as strong and de facto terrorists, Marxists and anti-Semites. But when you stand for the First Amendment and defend freedom of speech, you are not only defending the speech you like, but also the speech you don’t like or even hate.

“But if your Black Lives Matter mask with Floyd in the middle isn’t political, what is my Trump attire like?”

Following the layoff, the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder / County Clerk posted a statement on Twitter.

“The election officer was contacted and advised that the clothing was inappropriate and unacceptable,” tweeted the county clerk’s office on Tuesday.

“Based on his response and reports that other workers had previously advised him on this matter, he was released and no longer works at the polling station.”

The county did not respond to a request for comment from DailyMail.com.

The layoff was apparently triggered by the viral picture of Belyavskiy’s Twitter user Frank K. Santoyo on Monday wearing a Trump 2020 hat and a Trump campaign t-shirt with the tagline “Where’s the Hunter?” a reference to President Joe Biden’s troubled son Hunter.

The man who took the photo told FOX 11 that the picture was taken just before 6:15 p.m. on Monday in Plummer Park in West Hollywood.

Tuesday was the last day Californians could vote on a dismissal to see if Governor Gavin Newsom should be removed. The democrat held office in a landslide.

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