An Inlander story this week discusses
how a racist comment about Michelle Obama landed Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing in hot water and resulted in the rest of the Airway Heights City Council asking the mayor to resign. So far, he's refused.
In this day and age, of course, a single poorly worded tweet on social media can destroy an entire career
. So it can be important to not just focus on a single Facebook post, even one as offensive as Rushing's: "Gorilla face Michelle, can't disagree with that. The woman is not attractive except to monkey man Barack. Check out them ears. LOL."
This sort of post isn't the only type of post Rushing has made on his Facebook page, to be clear. He also talks a lot about his fight with cancer, his grief over the loss of loved ones, his love for his family, and his pride in his military service. He also, in something many of us can relate to, talked a lot about being addicted to Candy Crush Saga
Throughout his five-year tenure as Airway Heights mayor, Rushing's Facebook page has regularly churned out (mostly reposted) images and comments that many might find, well, unbecoming of the Mayor's Office.
On Race and Justice
On Barack Obama, President of these United States of America
On Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America
On former First Lady Hillary Clinton
On gays and lesbians
On Immigration Policy
On Guns and School Shootings
(On the day of the Sandy Hook Shooting)
On overweight or unfashionable people
On Things That are Like Hitler
On punishing children
On offending others
On Why an Elected Official Might be Recalled from Office