As a woman, I feel you. You have a high-profile job making important decisions for 80,000+ people and you face probably more than your fair share of criticism. And honestly, I want to like you, that’s why I started following you on Twitter. But girl… you make it so hard.
I was made aware of something you wrote the other day regarding the Trump parade that went by your house earlier this week. The hypocrisy of calling out these people when you allow other protests to create traffic issues and access problems in other parts of town is beside the point, it’s the first reason in your post that really infuriated me.
“This tale is old as time: A woman speaks up, some men who don’t like it choose harassment, intimidation, and threatening behavior in an attempt to change her. We had a good view of the drivers. Could women have been involved? Sure. But I didn’t see any. This was simply another example to an attempt to utilize power to control a woman who, in their own estimation, stepped out of line.”Mayor Emily Larson
Emily, if this is what you really think, you must live and work in such a sheltered bubble that you have no idea that your opinions are not shared by everyone else.
You did step out of line when you called the President a white supremacist in a public forum, leaning on a liberal narrative that hasn’t been able to put forward one shred of evidence that this is true. And a President who’s actions prove otherwise.
You did step out of line by not being a gracious host by welcoming the President while he was here. Instead, using what is supposed to be a non-partisan office to slander and deride Trump with your DFL pals. On the other hand, when Joe Biden showed up without a schedule you sure found time to follow him around Canal Park. Even your pal Governor Walz made the drive up from the cities for the meet and greet. Do you know what your actions say to the conservative-leaning folks in your community? I’ll tell you… They say: “You don’t matter”.
You did step out of line when you, once again, made men the “bad guy”. There were indeed women in the Trump parade by your house, but it doesn’t fit your interests to acknowledge that. Instead, whenever you come upon a situation where you’ve made a poor choice, you blame men. As a fellow boy mom, I would have thought you would know better. What impact does your visceral dislike for men have on YOUR boys? I’ll answer that… It tells them they don’t matter. It tells them that they better keep their mouths shut when a woman says something wrong.
You say the parade “men” used their “power to attempt to control a woman”. Perhaps that woman should learn to control herself.
If you can’t get off your man-hating horse for the conservatives in Duluth, maybe you can do it for your boys. Equality is a mantra for liberals, and they mean it at all costs. But in their hands, that cost will be your boys. My boys.
The result will be a more broken world than the one we live in now. If we don’t have respect for each other, we don’t have equality. Building up women has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH PUTTING DOWN MEN. And if you don’t understand that yet, step aside and let those that value all people, regardless of gender, race, creed, and orientation take the lead. And if you’re wondering who that is – it’s not someone leaning left.
Is it telling that you wanted to remove the “chief” title from the one male in your executive circle at city hall? Downgrading him to “city administrator”? Makes me wonder.
As the first female Mayor of Duluth, I would have hoped for someone stronger. Someone more willing to admit to her mistakes and move on – instead of angrily, and hastily lashing out with snarky comments on social media. A tactic that seems, oh I don’t know, like something the Mayor would think a white supremacist would do.
Emily, please work harder to be a better representative for everyone in Duluth. And move the ball forward WITH men, for the sake of all of our boys.
Fellow Boy Mom