WeHo Mayor Horvath Discusses Her Ban on Trump on MSNBC (and Now CNN)

Mayor Lindsey Horvath, long rumored to have political ambitions beyond West Hollywood, is getting national attention with her declaration that Donald Trump’s campaign would not be welcome in WeHo.

Last month Horvath mailed a statement to that effect to Trump and to her supporters. It then was published in the Advocate magazine on March 28 and has been reported on by The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and The Hill (the leading political website) as well as right-of-center news organizations such as Breitbart Report and Red State Watcher.

Sunday MSNBC, the cable news station, interviewed Horvath about her statement. (And last night she was interviewed on CNN). Horvath said her declaration was an attempt to “focus on … the kind of language, the kind of violent tactics that are being encouraged by the Trump campaign.” Horvath cited Trump’s claims that he would deport all Mexicans without appropriate papers and that he would not allow Muslims to enter the United States.

Lindsey Horvath
Lindsey Horvath

In her letter to Trump, Horvath said: “I am compelled to state for the record how deeply disturbed I am by the Trump presidential campaign. The hate speech and implicit calls to violence coming from your campaign are beyond the pale and have no place in any community in our country.

“The people of West Hollywood have seen the devastation and destruction that hatred and hate speech can bring. We are home to Jewish immigrants who escaped Nazi occupation in Soviet Russia, to LGBTQ people of all ages including survivors of the AIDS crisis, and to many other diverse constituencies, of which we are most proud. We know firsthand how charged language can incite dangerous activity that puts our residents and neighborhoods at risk — and at great cost. While we must always make room for free speech and reasonable — even passionate — debate, your reckless rhetoric is wrong at every level.

“With the primary making its way to California, as West Hollywood’s mayor, I want to make very clear that your campaign of violence and intimidation is not welcome in our city. I demand that you renounce calls to violence and consider the role you play in shaping public discourse, specifically with the words you choose and the behavior you exhibit and encourage.”

Horvath said her statement has sparked numerous threats, with people “saying they are going to gut me like a fish. They are sending me videos of dead fetus parts.” Horvath is a noted women’s rights advocate and supporter of Planned Parenthood. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating those threats.

Horvath also has gotten some pushback from local residents who have said she would deny the controversial Republican presidential primary candidate his freedom of speech by banning him from West Hollywood. For example, Manny Rodriguez,an activist in the West Hollywood West neighborhood, wrote a letter to the City Council noting that Horvath doesn’t have the power to make such decisions. Also, an unidentified person has created a Facebook page titled West Hollywood for Trump that says a rally for him in West Hollywood is in the works for later this week.

City Attorney Mike Jenkins, in an email exchange with the Los Angeles Times, said that, given Trump’s campaign hasn’t approached West Hollywood, Horvath’s statement is “hypothetical.” Horvath made the same statement on MSNBC, seeming to step back from her earlier claim that she would absolutely deny the Trump campaign the right to stage an event in WeHo.

“The mayor was expressing her distaste for hate speech that marginalizes and disrespects people; that such speech is inconsistent with the city’s values and unwelcome,” said Jenkins. “Her comment reflected her understanding that the city’s consideration of special event permit applications take into consideration a variety of factors, such as size of anticipated crowd, security arrangements, traffic and parking management, noise control and the like.”


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Cy Husain
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Have we a sneaky Straw Man argument? City officials NEVER banned anyone, simply condemned racism, sexism and, homophobia. There are several well established precedents of peoples’ elected officials condemning policies or even individuals who promote them. Now let’s see the REAL bans, the ones Trump supporters like and actively promote!

Muslim Woman Gets Kicked Out Of Donald Trump Rally For Being Muslim!

Trump urges ban on Muslims entering United States

Ted Cruz & republican party seek to ban Muslims in the United States!

The Trump supporters & other republicans are OK with Government sponsoring minority oppression! Goes way back to the Indigenous population!

Chris Bray
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Government doesn’t “sponsor” speech by allowing it to occur.

Cy Husain
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Straw Man Arguments arise again! NO one is denying anyone their hate speech, the City of West Hollywood has a right to NOT sponsor it. I’m all for right-wingers publicly showing their bigotry, I posted many links showing this in prior postings. In the 80’s I got in trouble for my “Experts agree Ed Meese is a Pig!” T-shirt! ‘Meese is a Pig,’ Remembered

Chris Bray
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Lindsey Horvath, meet Anthony Comstock:

http://nyssvhistory.weebly.com/new-york-society-for-the-suppression-of-vice.html

People who express a desire to control and repress speech are the authoritarian enemies of open society. They put themselves in the company of the police detectives who arrested Lenny Bruce for “obscene” stand-up comedy, and the postal inspectors who seized Henry Miller novels, and the Meese Commission, and the whole long, ugly line of scolds and censors who have blighted our history. The repression of speech isn’t progressive. The advocacy of free speech isn’t “right-wiing.”

Comstockery is never progressive, no matter which side it comes from.

Dan Morin
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Dan Morin

How come West Hollywood always allows those anti-gay religious zealots to spew hate in a City approved area during every Christopher Street West Parade? How come Mayor Horvath did not try to silence them? Oh, I almost forgot, it’s called free speech.

Cy Husain
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Ah the right-wing anonymous sock puppet accounts crying that their freedom to deny the freedom of others has been so violated! Tennessee Joins Spate of States Passing Anti-LGBTQ ‘Hate Bills’ Tennessee lawmakers pass bill allowing counselors to reject LGBTQ patients and push measure banning female transgender students from women’s bathrooms Bigotry Spreads as Mississippi Governor Signs Anti-LGBTQ ‘Badge of Shame’ ‘This is no religious freedom bill but rather a bill that gives freedom to those who discriminate,” says US congressman Ted Cruz Vows To Fight Gay Rights In Extremist Conference Call! The Little-Known Movers Behind North Carolina’s Anti-Gay Law: Ted… Read more »

SE
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SE

As much as I agree with Lindsay Horvath’s opinion regarding Trump and desire for him to not come to West Hollywood, it would also deny our residents the opportunity to exercise their right to free speech and assembly. I am wondering if there are many residents who would feel it would be more effective to demonstrate against him in person than not welcome him at all?

Jennifer
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Jennifer

@Don Jones. Surplusage.

Don Jones
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Don Jones

@Jennifer – there is nothing hypothetical regarding the West Hollywood city’s Code of Conduct for Elected and appointed Officials. You can look it up on WeHo.org or read it below. Horvath was not authorized to speak on behalf of the city therefore she violated the Code of Conduct and should be disciplined.

Code of Conduct 2.2 When making public utterances, officials shall make it clear whether they are authorized to speak on behalf of the body of which they are a member, or whether they are presenting their own views.

Chris Bray
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“Let the bigots come; let them be confronted.”

This is exactly right, and I thank you for saying it so clearly and well.

Ty Geltmaker, Ph.D.
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Ty Geltmaker, Ph.D.

Subject: trump/west hollywood/free speech Dear Councillors and others, In case you missed it, here attached is my letter published in April 12 LA Times criticizing West Hollywood Mayor Horvath’s position opposing any Donald Trump visit to our little city. Please note the other published letter which I find distasteful but worthy of discussion. And here below please note also the link to March 31 Gillman/Chemerinsky LAT op-ed regarding this issue of free speech, including for offensive and hateful propositions, even before the Mayor’s provocation, as well as the original LAT April 8 news story. My studies as an historian of… Read more »

Jennifer
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Jennifer

@ Don Jones, Chris Bray and Prof. Eugene V. All 3 of you argue hypotheticals. Your arguments are neither ripe nor anything more than mere opinion. I wish you knew what you were talking about!