A Democrat mayor in northern California will resign, the Washington Examiner reports, after he compared supporters of President Donald Trump to members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Auburn, California Mayor William Kirby made the comparison in a Facebook post about wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “Good news for Trump supporters is that most of them already have masks,” he wrote alongside an image depicting members of the KKK wearing white hoods, the Examiner reported.
Residents of the town registered concerns about the post at a virtual council meeting Monday, the Examiner said. The mayor’s comments were reportedly called, among other things, “hateful, degrading, bigoted, and more consistent with the mentality of a 15-year-old.”
“Am I perfect? No.”
Kirby addressed the controversy at the meeting, saying: “I spent 40 years dedicating my life to serving the community of Auburn as a physician and through my volunteer efforts. Am I perfect? No. We’re all a little flawed.”
The mayor also said he was bothered by seeing medical personnel without the proper personal protective equipment, which he blamed on Trump. “This president has put us all at risk,” he said, according to the Examiner.
After his comments, Kirby announced that he would resign at the next council meeting on April 27.
But according to the Examiner, Councilmember Cheryl Maki wasn’t appeased by Kirby’s comments. “This is how I feel: I abhor the things that he has said and done, and I did not hear an apology from him tonight,” she reportedly said.
Maki suggested that Kirby allow the vice mayor to run the meeting, but Kirby declined, according to the Examiner.
Auburn is about 30 miles outside of Sacramento.
Accountability on the left
This instance seems to be an example of all-too-rare accountability for the left for its outrageous comments about Trump and other Republicans. Trump has routinely been compared to Adolf Hitler and other dictators, in addition to references to the KKK.
Moreover, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called Trump “almost sinful” earlier this week, according to the Examiner, and she previously accused him of letting people die while making decisions about how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Hill noted, even as she delayed Congress’ aid bill almost a week.
It would be really great if Pelosi’s constituents started to hold her accountable in the same way that Kirby’s did — but I wouldn’t hold my breath.