Are National Politicians Talking About West St. Paul?

Maybe I’m self-absorbed, but when I hear some of our U.S. Senators talking, it sounds like they’re talking about West St. Paul. Obviously they’re not, but I hear it. Anybody else?

Minnesota Senator Tina Smith tweeted last week about President Trump’s visit to Minnesota:

“Hope he doesn’t get too comfortable. We may be ‘nice’ in Minnesota but when people like him attack us and our values, we rise up, we fight hard, and we don’t back down.”

She could be talking about West St. Paul with our sexism controversy (started by a mayoral candidate who changed his story), another candidate who is a bully, and a string of harassment.

All of which launched multiple city council campaigns and an entire political movement, the Women of West St. Paul (WoW). They organized a candidate forum during a hotly contested four-way primary that had huge turn out. Plus one of those inspired candidates won big with voter turnout nearly double the last primary.

Then there’s South Carolina Senator Lyndsey Graham rejecting President Trump’s mockery of Christine Blasey Ford, but adding that it could be worse:

“So President Trump went through a factual rendition, that I didn’t particularly like, and I would tell him to knock it off. You’re not helping. But it can be worse, you can actually kill somebody’s cat, and puncture their tires to get them to shut up.” (emphasis mine)

In West St. Paul, it’s worse.

We’ve had a string of screws in tires that seem to be targeting women who speak up and the people who support those women.

Remember to vote.

(And here’s how the West St. Paul candidates responded to the sexism controversy.)

Thanks to Katie Dohman for the Tina Smith quote.

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