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Presidential Politics Trumps Anaheim Council Meeting

Murray ultimately backed off after dozens of public speakers – including Trump supporters and residents who said they didn’t like Trump – criticized the resolution as an inappropriate intervention by the city government into a U.S. presidential campaign.

Any staff time that was dedicated to this issue should be billed directly to you [Murray].” said Jeanine Robbins, an Anaheim resident who said she didn’t like Trump’s rhetoric.

In the end, the council voted 3-2 to take no action on any resolutions.

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With the growing problems of poverty, illiteracy, illness, and crime in Anaheim, one would think that the Anaheim City Council would have a better use for their time than considering a resolution condemning Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Perhaps prioritizing expenditures on public safety and repairing or replacing the aging and decaying infrastructure in and around the city.


But, Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray is urging the City Council to denounce the rhetoric of a presidential candidate in a highly public and prejudicial manner. There is no “moral duty” to speak out on anything that strikes one’s fancy codified in either the California Constitution or Anaheim’s City Charter.

In fact, Murray, a liberal Republican, appears to be misusing her office for the purpose of partisan politics and self-serving publicity. If anything, perhaps Murray should concentrate on serving her constituency with meaningful actions and performing the duties for which she was elected. If she finds Trump’s rhetoric reprehensible, let her resign and campaign for his opponent outside of the City Council. Or speak as a private person.  

In her own words …

Taking a Stand Against Divisive Rhetoric in U.S. Presidential Race

This presidential election has seen political rhetoric and candidate behavior fall to new lows unbecoming our great nation.

At last night’s city council meeting, I called for a resolution condemning the rhetoric of Donald Trump and the violent actions of his staff and supporters, all condoned by Trump during this unprecedented presidential campaign.

Anaheim is the 10th largest city in the State of California and the largest city in the County of Orange. We are one of the oldest cities in the state with a diverse fabric of neighborhoods that make up our great city. Our population is more than 50 percent Latino, and we have one of the largest Muslim populations in the country. Anaheim is also one of the top tourist destinations in the world with nearly 26 million annual visitors. As elected officials, we have a moral obligation to speak out against bigotry and hate speech directed at those we represent.

Trump has viciously attacked women, people of many races, religion and creeds, veterans and POWs, representatives of the media who challenge his statements, many of our allied nations, local, state and national leaders, people of states who don’t vote in support of him, Republican party leaders who follow election law inconvenient to his campaign, and even most recently Pope Francis. In fact, anyone who engages in civil discourse that challenges him on a personal or policy level becomes the subject of vicious and malevolent attacks by Trump, his campaign and his supporters.

The actions of any presidential candidate must be held to the highest ethical standards. Trump has consistently denigrated the office he seeks and the people of this nation by extension. We can and must expect more from anyone seeking to serve as President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the nation’s armed forces.

Whether it is Trump or any candidate running for elected office in a representative republic, the survival of America’s fundamental principles requires civil discourse, understanding diverse views and moving forward with decisions benefiting society as a whole. No less is acceptable for the future leader of the free world.

The resolution condemning the words and actions of presidential candidate Donald Trump will be heard by the Anaheim City Council on Tuesday, April 26th and I respectfully ask for the community’s support to take this principled stand in our city.

If Murray’s assertion that “The actions of any presidential candidate must be held to the highest ethical standards.” is literally true, where is the proposed resolution to condemn Hillary Clinton for a pattern and practice of lying, corruption, and criminality? 

Bottom line …

With pressing budgetary matters and infrastructure concerns, few really care about what Kris Murray or the Anaheim City Council thinks about Donald Trump or his actions. Perhaps Murray should make a statement about following the United States Constitution and upholding her sworn duties in the service to her constituency.

And leave the self-serving, self-aggrandizing, and shameless media ploy off the Anaheim Council Agenda.

I do not support Donald Trump, who appears to be, in thought and deed, a member of the establishment and a progressive socialist democrat. But we should not let our political institutions become platforms for party politics when there is so much wrong with matters under review in these institutions.

We are so screwed.

-- steve

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