The Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin Eric Genrich has an important message for his political rival President Donald Trump. That coming just a day before his visit to the area today.
He told, “We are an increasingly diverse city with a vibrant immigrant heritage and culture and strong connections to the indigenous people who call our region home.”
Plus he added, “Our instinct toward hospitality, of course, extends to our president, but I want you to know that it has its limitations. We don’t tolerate intolerance or willful ignorance, and we won’t endorse or ignore divisive and bigoted rhetoric.”
Mayor Genrich hopes the town hall will serve as “legitimate opportunity” for Trump to “listen and learn from all members of this community, including those who have been left out of your vision for America.”
Then claimed, “The challenges we face as a community, state, and country are immense, and they have grown only more immediate with the spread of the coronavirus, the tragic deaths of nearly 125,000 Americans and the incredibly harmful impacts this virus has had on our economy.”
And expressed, “In addition we are all grappling with the need to combat racism and violence in all their forms. This moment calls for honest, empathetic, and courageous leadership, and I ask you to exemplify these qualities tomorrow and in the days ahead.”
Along with, “Americans need a president who can speak directly about the dangers of COVID-19 and someone who will support the guidance of public health experts. We deserve a national leader who can mourn for the lives we have lost and talk honestly about the social and psychological stress the coronavirus has placed on our collective well-being.”
The mayor concluded, “We must have a federal executive who will boldly demand the policy prescriptions needed to restart our local economies and support the working people and small business owners who have been most directly harmed by the recent recession. And we are all owed a president who feels the urgency to forthrightly combat systemic racism. If you have the inclination to do any of these things, please know I will support your efforts, regardless of our very real political differences.” Quite a statement here from across the aisle.