A mayor of a prominent city on the east coast of the United States is battling calls for her resignation this week after saying some fairly ugly things about supporters of President Donald J. Trump.
With the 2020 election just a few weeks away, things were bound to get heated. We see it every day on social media, around the dinner table, and any time we turn on the television in almost any capacity. Heck, even our sports aren’t safe from political partisanship these days.
And while we certainly do expect some of this tumult, there are still lines that perhaps shouldn’t be crossed, and one elected official in New Jersey is learning this the hard way.
A New Jersey mayor has come under fire for a private Facebook post that condemned President Donald Trump and likened his supporters to “religious zealots” who want to “enact the Christian version of Sharia law.”
The post, allegedly from Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver, was shared Saturday on the Hunterdon GOP’s website.
“This is day one of the new SCOTUS terms – the religious zealots want to enact the Christian version of Sharia law,” the post reads. “If you voted for the orange monster with COVID, go f— yourself. If you plan on voting for him again, unfriend me and go f— yourself again.”
Local officials were quick to respond.
Hunterdon GOP Chair Gabe Plumer, who shared the post online, derided it as “shameful” and “insulting,” and called on Driver to resign.
“Your statement is antithetical to the principles of representative democracy,” Plumer wrote in a statement. “It is further proof that you do not represent the people of Flemington, the character of Hunterdon County, and the values of at least part of the Democrat party.”
Jack Ciattarelli, a former assemblyman and candidate for New Jersey Governor, tweeted Saturday that he joins “Chairman Plumer in calling for Driver’s resignation & (urges) leaders across our state to do the same.”
Driver has resisted these calls for her ouster, claiming that her comments were somehow taken out of context.