Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan applauded violent Antifa rioters as the seized control of precincts. Calling teen shooting deaths part of a “block party,” Durkan distorted First Amendments right to assemble to include creating a lawless caliphate in the city.
She’s apparently not a big advocate of other citizens’ rights, because she recently petitioned the state’s high court to block a lawful recall. The Democrat mayor is fast-discovering that residents want a leader who maintains law and order, not one who supports domestic terror organizations.
“Following the most widespread civil unrest Seattle has seen in decades, petitioners submitted, and the trial court approved, a charge that Mayor Durkan ‘failed to institute new policies and safety measures for the Seattle Police Department’ with regard to the use of chemical crowd control measures,” the mayor’s defense lawyers acknowledged, after failing to block the petition in a lower court.
Following the forced occupation of the section known as CHOP, residents began a petition to recall Durkan. It’s been widely reported that the Antifa-loving mayor allowed armed members of the group to expel police from the section. Thuggery, assault, sexual misconduct, and murders occurred as police were ordered by Durkan to stand down. The mayor rejected offers for assistance from state and federal officials. But when violent offenders showed up in her neighborhood, then she ordered the Antifa-takeover broken up.
A website has been created called recalldurkan.org that details how the radical mayor allowed outside offenders to seize control of city streets, encouraged rioting, looting, arson, and forced the police chief to stand idly by and watch. According to the reportedly 100-percent volunteer effort, Durkan received only 11 percent of primary voter support and as few as 27 percent in the 2017 general election. The recall volunteers point out that upwards of 52 percent of voters did not cast a ballot on her behalf. Those realities have Durkan again running scared. That’s why she recently had her team of lawyers file a motion with the Washington Supreme Court to deny residents their recall rights.
“Mayor Durkan has, at various occasions, expressed in statements regarding the recall petition a sentiment that she is very busy running a City, too busy to deal with recall. This is easily solved by choosing to accept the decision of the Superior Court instead of using the Supreme Court as a tool to suit her purposes,” RecallDurkan.org states.
Pro-recall citizens have every reason to believe that the state’s high court will be weaponized against them. It is largely filled with leftists who also support the violence in Democrat-run cities across the country. The state’s supreme court already gave Mayor Durkan a reprieve by preventing the recall volunteers from gathering signatures until after a late-September hearing. It’s abundantly clear this ruling was granted to help Durkan rebuild her political clout in the city and avoid being ousted.