A resident of West Hollywood, a city known for its widespread and official antipathy toward Donald Trump, questioned U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi about her position on former FBI director James Comey on CNN last month. While the video hasn’t exactly gone viral, news about it has been published across an array of conservative media such as the Drudge Report, the Daily Wire, Government Slaves and America TV News, a YouTube channel.
The Daily Wire posted a segment of the CNN town hall with Pelosi in which WeHo resident Jake Lee questioned Pelosi for at first opposing Comey and then supporting him after his testimony yesterday in which he asserted that Trump asked him to call off an investigation of Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor.
“Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took her dazed and confused act to prime-time TV on Monday night, joining CNN’s Chris Cuomo for a town hall,” the Daily Wire wrote. “She did her same old tired schtick (more on that later), but the highlight of the night was when Jake Lee, a small business owner from West Hollywood, California, stood up to ask a question.”
Lee, one of a handful of participants in a pro-Trump rally earlier this year, wrote an opinion piece published by WEHOville in February questioning the City of West Hollywood’s decision to declare itself a sanctuary city, which it announced in a tweet. Such declarations have been made by a number of city’s that oppose Trump’s promise to expel undocumented immigrants.
“Political grandstanding by our elected officials is not only wrong but tweeting a statement such as this sends a clear message to anyone here illegally who wishes to commit serious crimes that West Hollywood is the place to set up shop and that you don’t have to fear any consequences of deportation or federal charges being brought upon you if you are caught,” Lee wrote.
That piece drew 23 comments, some quite heated, on either side of the issue.
But, Lee told WEHOville, it also prompted a call to him from CNN, which flew him to Washington last month and put him up in a hotel to prepare him to pose his question to Pelosi.
That’s the most attention a local resident has gotten for taking a position on the candidates and issues in last year’s presidential race since then-Mayor Lindsey Horvath in April 2016 issued a statement banning Trump from West Hollywood. The city quickly explained that Horvath’s “ban” wasn’t an official city position. But it did land her interviews on both MSNBC and CNN.