"I Don't Really feel Protected": Kansas Mayor Resigns After Receiving Violent Threats For Supporting Masked Mandate
"I no longer feel safe in this position," wrote Warshaw in a letter of resignation to the city administrator on Tuesday. Warshaw said she felt she had no choice but to resign in the face of increasing violence against officials. Over the past year, various officials have been forced to resign due to floods of bad news and, in some cases, armed demonstrators outside their homes. "There are a variety of things that cause people to be upset with life," she said. "People just want to blame someone, and I feel like it was easy to blame me."
Under the Trump administration, officials have become targets as Donald Trump encourages his supporters to use force to protest against officials who vote on issues they disagree with. Daily Kos reported a large number of threats from Trump supporters this week alone against officials trying to perform their duties. In addition, hate crimes have increased rapidly since Trump began in office. To date more than 50 cases of violence directly cited Trump as the influence and reason for the crime.
As the news started last month, it increased in aggression and frequency after a feature posted in USA today Friday. Threats ranging from saying Warshaw should be "murdered" to "We are coming for you" prompted Warshaw to make the difficult decision to resign after serving nearly eight years in government.
"They were loud and they were aggressive and they scared me and my family," said Warshaw The Washington Post. "There's a strong part of me that wants to say it's just words. But people are angry right now and I'm not sure."
Police is Do some research some of the threats and despite them, Warshaw said The Associated Press that she doesn't regret voting for the mask mandate and still loves the city just as much. "It's harder for me than people think," said Warshaw. “I really love this city with all my heart. I still believe in this city and I believe in its ability not to hurt each other. “Since the pandemic began, Ford County, where Dodge City is located, has recorded more than 4,900 cases of COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health.
As of this report, at least 197,903 cases of COVID-19 and 2,253 deaths have been reported in Kansas, according to data The New York Times.