During Monday’s live-streamed meeting of the Auburn, California city council, Mayor William Kirby announced his resignation due to the backlash he prompted when he posted a Tweet insinuating that many supporters of President Donald Trump are also members of the KKK.
Kirby’s since-deleted post smearing Trump supporters featured a picture of a hooded Klansman, local station Fox 40 KTXL reports:
Auburn’s mayor announced plans to step down Monday after outrage erupted over his recent social media posts regarding the president’s supporters.
The Auburn community weighed in on Mayor William Kirby’s controversial comments on Facebook during a virtual city council meeting Monday.
One of those posts was a shared photo of a Ku Klux Klan hood, with the caption, “Good news for Trump supporters is that most of them already have masks.”
KTXL’s Emmy-nominated anchor Bridgette Bjorlo captured an image of Kirby’s post before it was deleted and posted it on her Twitter page.
The mayor of Auburn, CA is facing backlash tonight over controversial social media posts. One post appears to equate Trump supporters to members of the KKK. Mayor Bill Kirby has been a vocal critic of Pres Trump but community members say this crossed the line. Here's his response pic.twitter.com/6cr1Su1aN0— Bridgette Bjorlo (@bridgettebjorlo) April 13, 2020
Kirby defended the tweet in a statement, claiming his Twitter posts “were meant to be private and made out of frustration.”
“Some people have viewed my posts…as over-the-top,” Mayor Kirby said, without acknowledging that he now agrees and regrets comparing Trump supporters to KKK members.
At Monday’s meeting, Kirby announced that he plans to resign at the next scheduled council gathering on April 27, 2020.