Wednesday, July 15, 2015

75+ more questionable posts by Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 4:44 PM

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. 

For example:

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 Women

 On Religion


On Immigration Policy


On Guns and School Shootings

(On the day of the Sandy Hook Shooting)


On overweight or unfashionable people


On "Dumbass"

On Liberals

On Things That are Like Hitler

On humor

On punishing children

On offending others

On Why an Elected Official Might be Recalled from Office

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Daniel Walters

A lifelong Spokane native, Daniel Walters was a staff reporter for the Inlander from 2009 to 2023. He reported on a wide swath of topics, including business, education, real estate development, land use, and other stories throughout North Idaho and Spokane County.His work investigated deep flaws in the Washington...