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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Message to Donald Trump: "Work With Us, Otherwise You Will Hurt This Country"

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:10:44 -0800

by Heidi Groover Seattle Mayor Ed Murray yesterday in Washington, DC, where he woke up saying to himself, "This is the last day of democracy as we know it." Heidi Groover It was the final day of a United States that had never inaugurated Donald Trump as its president. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray walked into the lobby of the Capital Hilton with an uneasy smile. His first words to me: “It’s very weird here.” Murray had come to DC for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, but this morning he’d been on the Hill meeting with members of Washington’s Congressional delegation. “The word everyone uses is ‘uncertain,’” he said. “I’ve never seen a transition in governments where no one knows what’s going to happen.” The mood in the city all week has been dark, Murray said. He felt it, too. “I woke up this morning going, ‘This is the last day of democracy as we know it,” he said. The U.S. Conference of Mayors, which includes mayors from cities of 30,000 people or more, spent the week meeting at this unexceptional hotel on K Street and on several occasions publicly rebuking the president-elect. On Tuesday, Vice President-Elect Mike Pence gave a speech at the conference, but Murray skipped it. “His LGBT positions alone are so abhorrent I felt like I would end up walking out,” the mayor said. Most notably, on Wednesday, the conference released a resolution calling on Congress and the incoming administration to continue DACA, the deferred action program for young undocumented immigrants. Murray was one of four mayors who submitted that resolution. (Another of the four: Tom Tait, the Republican mayor of Anaheim.) On the same day, both Murray and Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole spoke about Seattle’s policies on undocumented immigrants. “Mayors in cities big and small will continue to foster welcoming and secure cities for all of their residents,” the resolution reads, “regardless of who they are or where they come from.” Since Trump’s election, mayors across the country have established themselves as the antithesis of the Republicans who now control Congress and, soon, the White House. The day after the election, Murray, a former state lawmaker who may be a radical among his peers here but is considered a moderate at home, pledged unequivocally that Seattle would remain a Sanctuary City for immigrants. On Thanksgiving Day, he announced plans to spend $225,000 educating undocumented students about their rights in a series of events that will begin on Inauguration Day. Here's @MayorEdMurray's message to @realDonaldTrump: "Stop demonizing us and work with us... Otherwise you will hurt this country."— Heidi Groover (@heidigroover) January 19, 2017 [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]Me writing morning news this morning.

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