Seattle politics must be incomprehensible to the outside world.
For example our mayor, Jenny Durkan, has been the object of conservative scorn nationwide for coddling the protesters (the president at one point dubbed her a “radical leftist” for this reason).
But here? There’s a Seattle movement to dump her from office — for being too rough on the protesters.
Or consider that recently in a King County courtroom, a drive kicked off seeking to also recall Kshama Sawant, the socialist City Council member. It’s an effort Sawant derides as the work of her usual enemies, “the billionaires and the right wing.”
But the originator of the petition actually is a “bleeding heart liberal” and anti-Trumper who, over the years, has donated hundreds to local Democratic groups and candidates, including to the current Democratic state party chair, Tina Podlodowski. What’s Capitol Hill resident Ernie Lou’s main beef with Sawant? It’s that she’s too much like … Donald Trump.
Specifically Lou’s recall petition, which a Superior Court judge ruled may proceed, goes after Sawant for holding an indoor rally at City Hall that Lou contends violated both the state and local coronavirus restrictions — which is what Trump does.