Many people disapprove of Donald Trump. But should a city government, in Anaheim or elsewhere, actually take the next step of formally denouncing him? Perhaps the bigger question is whether or not the residents of Anaheim require this intervention.
On April 26, the city council held a meeting to decide whether or not the city of Anaheim should denounce Trump’s harsh language. The city council members listened to the public’s comments about the proposed resolution and cast their votes. This wasn’t unique to the city of Anaheim. According to the Los Angeles Times, West Hollywood and other cities have already done the same thing in regards to Trump.
There is something eerie about a city council telling its residents how the city as a whole regards a presidential candidate. It’s getting awfully close to telling residents how they should vote.
When the Ku Klux Kan held a rally in Anaheim in Feb. 2016, there was a violent clash between Klan and non-Klan members. Ironically, it wasn’t the Klan that started it. It was their opposition that became violent, and Klan members were forced to defend themselves. Given the history of the Klan, a person would assume it was the other way around when hearing about such an attack.
Interestingly, the people (Trump supporters) who were supposed to be the biggest opposition and threat to the council’s meeting on April 26, were the ones who faced the most violence outside Anaheim’s City Hall. According to an OC Register article, five people were pepper sprayed by an unknown sprayer before the meeting. Two victims were young children of only 8 and 11, and another two were adult female Trump supporters. An adult male Trump supporter, 74-year-old Raul Rodriguez, was also pepper sprayed.
Political correctness has become a divisive topic. The term “PC police” has been invented to describe people who are overly sensitive, combative, and pressure people to adopt what they deem to be “politically correct” beliefs.
On the last season of “South Park,” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker mocked the PC police by creating a character called PC Principal. He runs South Park Elementary like an overgrown school bully. He’s so determined to make sure he is protecting everyone’s rights, that he begins trampling on free speech in the name of political correctness.
To give an example of his overzealous behavior, he brutalizes Cartman for saying Jared Fogle was a Subway “spokesman.” According to PC Principal, Cartman should have used the word “spokesperson,” because the word“spokesman” is a micro-aggression that men use when they are asserting their male privilege over women.
However, PC Principal and his police force have not won in Anaheim. The city council voted 3-2 against the resolution to denounce Trump. It will be at the discretion of the city’s residents to decide as individual whether they support him or not.