Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro could be facing a recall vote after criticizing Parkland shooting survivor and rabid anti-gun activist David Hogg.
Isgro wouldn’t be the first person to experience severe backlash after taking shots at Hogg. Fox News host Laura Ingraham was forced to take a “vacation” from her show and lost a significant amount of advertisers after having a Twitter altercation with the young gun control advocate.
The recall movement in Waterville is being headed up by former Maine Democratic Mayor Karen Heck, with the end goal being to see Isgro removed from office.
In April, Isgro reportedly reveled in Fox News’ president backing Ingraham after the boycott and wrote on Twitter, “Eat it, Hogg.”
A screenshot of the alleged tweet can be seen below, copied and shared by an account that calls itself “Waterville Republicans.”
The group wrote, “We are deeply disappointed in @nickisgro1’s recent tweet about @davidhogg111. As #2a supporters, we don’t agree with David’s policy ideas, but he should be treated with respect and decency, especially given the terrible tragedy he endured. Mr. Mayor, apologize.”
We are deeply disappointed in @nickisgro1's recent tweet about @davidhogg111. As #2A supporters, we don't agree with David's policy ideas, but he should be treated with respect and decency, especially given the terrible tragedy he endured. Mr. Mayor, apologize. #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/HzgS1Y3AvH
— The Maine Troll Network (@MEtrollNetwork) April 3, 2018
Isgro himself responded to the movement to have him ousted from office on Facebook:
“My team will be closely examining the petitions for accuracy since over 14% of the petition signatures were disqualified or rejected so far,” he added, noting that the movement was nothing more than an an “effort organized by dark money funded outsiders,” and said that the attack is not just on him, but on “all of us.”
“They do not like the way we run Our City, they do not like that we speak up at meetings, and they do not like how you have worked with me in an effort to put you first before politics and political agendas,” Isgro continued. “They want to silence us. They do not like that Democrats, Republicans, Independents and those not enrolled in political parties have come together as a unified people to achieve great things — as friends and neighbors should.”
Here’s the full post:
While his comment might have lacked professionalism to a certain degree, he’s certainly entitled to his own opinion, and to be fair, David Hogg — who is now legally an adult — chose to get involved in the public arena.
He knew full well what the political climate is like in America in the 21st century, yet he chose to not only wade into the water, but dove in on one of the most divisive issues in our country: guns.
This is aside from the fact that Hogg himself has repeatedly insulted his elders for not implementing gun control, an act for which he was given a complete pass by the media.
This comment in no way justifies a recall vote, which in turn translates into a full nullification of the voters’ voice in Waterville.
The First Amendment no longer seems to matter in America anymore.
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