Two internet petitions demanding the impeachment of Seattle Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant have gathered over 20,000 signatures. The petitions were launched after she called for disruptive demonstrations at Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
She is the first socialist elected to the Seattle City Council in 100 years, and she campaigned on a platform that included rent control, a revenue-raising tax on millionaires and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Sawant, an India-born, second-term council member who was once arrested during a march to support the $15 minimum wage, had told a post-election crowd that Trump is racist and that demonstrators at the inauguration should “shut it down.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, within days of her commetns, her office was flooded with “several thousand” calls, emails and texts, many sent by self-declared Trump supporters.
“Get the hell out of my country while you can,” wrote one. “Stop being a terrorist here! You need to go back where you came from,” wrote another. Yet another typed: “Drop dead and go back to turbanville.”
“My first grim thoughts as I saw some of the [recent] horrifying emails was that I will be far from the only person targeted after the dangerous rise of Donald Trump," she responded.
“We must bring together millions of progressive workers and young people to build a wall of mass resistance against Trump and to defend immigrants, women, Muslims, LGBTQ people and all others targeted by his presidency.”