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Mayors join Rick Kriseman in giving Donald Trump the boot

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Rick Kriseman isn’t the only mayor wanting to keep Donald Trump out. Some other mayors have joined St. Pete’s now famous Mayor in sending a message to Trump — stay out.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday, according to CNN, that he’d ban Trump if he could.

“We don’t have any room for that kind of stupidity here,” Nutter said.

And in an interview posted on CNN Nutter also called Trump an A**hole.

“He has no idea what he’s talking about,” Nutter said. “What we’re finding is that no group is safe from his ignorance and rhetoric as he increasingly tries to target a message narrowly crafted, politically driven and devised to speak to a very narrowcast audience for his own purposes.”

Another Pennsylvania Mayor, John Fetterman, tweeted that “Donald Trump is a jagoff.” He also linked to the definition of jagoff. Apparently it’s Pittsburg slang the Urban Dictionary defines as “a rude, a — holelike person. “

And then there’s Sunnyvale, California Mayor Jim Griffith who retweeted St. Pete’s own Dump the Trump kick starter.

“Ya know, I think Mayor Kriseman is on to something here,” Griffith wrote.

Meanwhile, Kriseman’s fame resulting from his tongue-in-cheek Tweet “banning” Trump from St. Pete Monday night continues to grow. Kriseman was shown on the Today show Wednesday and also appeared on MSNBC Live with Jose Diaz-Balart to talk about his now viral Tweet.

Kriseman repeated his oft-used explanation for the Tweet — that he was answering ridiculousness with ridiculousness. The latest is of course in response to Trump’s claim that the U.S. should not let any Muslims into the U.S. until the country figures out what’s going on. Kriseman quipped that Trump is banned from St. Pete until “we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps.”

“I think what we’re seeing here is a culmination of years of hatred toward our president that are coming together and manifesting themselves through a candidate who is willing to say anything to get elected. And he is tapping into that hatred. And that’s sad,” Kriseman said of Trump’s statements. “It’s — aside from the fact that his comments are un-American, it’s not who we are as a country. It certainly isn’t who my city is. Now, we’re a city of opportunity where the sun shines on all. America was founded on opportunity for all. And so I find these comments totally un-American.”

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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