At the West Hollywood City Council meeting on Monday, Mayor Lindsey Horvath said she was compelled to express how “deeply disturbed” she is by the Donald Trump presidential campaign.
Horvath also released a letter she sent to Trump and his staff explaining her views.
“Your reckless rhetoric is wrong at every level,” she told Trump in the letter.
She also wrote a letter to elected officials in other cities around the county, calling on them to do the same.
“[The campaign] has gone beyond the right to express a political point of view or policy differences, which we all have to greater or lesser degree,” Horvath said. “The hate speech and implicit calls to violence coming from Trump and his campaign are beyond the pale and have no place in any community in our county.”
She said as elected officials, she and her colleagues should lead by example.
“While we must always make room for free speech and reasonable – even passionate – debate, we cannot allow the kind of violent rhetoric and hate speech that has become commonplace in the Trump campaign.”
California’s primary will be held June 7, when residents will get a chance to vote for Trump or the other candidates before each party’s convention. Horvath said his “campaign of violence and intimidation” is not welcome in West Hollywood.
“We can all express political differences of opinion without endangering the safety and well being of the members of our community. … Together, we must denounce Trump’s violent rhetoric and let him know his brand of politics has no place in our county,” she said.
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