Socialist Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant facing recall effort after supporting 2020 riots

A self-avowed socialist who encouraged unrest during Seattle’s “summer of love” is facing a recall, the Washington Examiner reported.

Councilwoman Kshama Sawant must fight to stay on the city council after Washington’s highest court gave the go-ahead for a petition to start Thursday.

Court greenlights recall effort

Sawant led calls to defund the police by as much as 50% this summer as her city erupted in violence.

Protesters in the city garnered media attention when they set up an “autonomous zone” that turned deadly before getting shut down, and Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) was criticized and mocked for her refusal to crack down on what she called a “summer of love.” But Sawant was too far left even for Durkan.

She angered the mayor by participating in protests at her home (Durkan wasn’t as responsive to the “autonomous zone,” some will recall), and Sawant allowed protesters to stage an overnight protest at City Hall that was another black eye for a city spiraling out of control.

Washington’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously that residents could begin petitioning to remove Sawant from office, partially agreeing with a lower court and petitioner and Capitol Hill resident Ernie Lou that her actions rose to “malfeasance.” But they disagreed that she had threatened Durkan.

“While it is true that protestors defaced and damaged Mayor Durkan’s home, there is no support offered showing that Councilmember Sawant herself threatened to cause bodily injury or physical harm to property; or that she exhorted others to engage in such conduct,” the justices wrote.

Blames “capitalist courts”

The recall campaign now has 180 days to get 10,000 signatures. Sawant and her allies say she is being targeted by big business interests hostile to the working class, which she supposedly represents. She even blamed “capitalist courts.”

“This ruling is completely unjust, but we are not surprised,” Sawant said. “Working people and oppressed communities cannot rely on the capitalist courts for justice anymore than they can on the police.”

She has also called out “hypocrisy” after a judge dismissed a recall effort against Durkan in October. Durkan is not running for office again.

Recall Sawant Campaign Manager Henry Bridger says that leaders like Sawant are endangering residents, and they’ve had enough.

“To have it be unanimous, speaks huge volumes, huge volumes,” he said. “She works for us, she’s our employee we’re her boss and it’s time to fire her.”

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  2. NO ONE takes Responsibility for Their Actions! “What YOU permit, you Promote, What YOU Allow, YOU Encourage, What YOU Condone, YOU Own! That is how I see it in every circumstance!

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  4. All states need to get rid of losers who let this go on, Newsom is on his way out too😷OR,WA,CO and many others need to go. The police should of shot the looters and show who runs the streets. Not the worthless people who don’t want to work.

  5. These states with Democratic control are loseing control, when people have had enough and ban together than politics will change.

  6. They should have knocked the Young PUNK Communists Rioters in the head and then ship them out to a desert country!Also, have them fixed!Make Eunochs out of them! tThat will take the fight out of them!

  7. It’s about time people started standing up to these anti-american values and remove them from ever holding an office ever again. In fact, I think that Kshama Sawant should be removed from the Untied States. She does not support anything but violence on the streets. REMOVE HER NOW!!!

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  9. My wife and I moved out of Seattle last October due to the craziness of the city council and the other progressive county politicians. They all wish to do away with jails, police, and law enforcement, pure lunacy! Sawant claims that big business is financing the recall motion, to date Sawant has raised $425,000 with 55% coming from outside of Seattle, average donation $156.00. The recall motion has raised $300,000, with 90% coming from her district with an average donation of $55.00.Her accusations that big corporations are financing the recall is utter BS.

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