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Rick Kriseman unofficially “bans” Donald Trump from St. Pete and it’s exactly as awesome as you’d think

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In response to another bombastic comment coming from presidential hopeful Donald Trump, St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman is barring him from entering his city.

“I am hereby barring Donald Trump from entering St. Petersburg until we fully understand the dangerous threat posed by all Trumps,” Kriseman tweeted Monday night.

Asked whether his tweet was sarcasm, Kriseman responded that he was answering ridiculousness with ridiculousness.

Kriseman’s witty evening tweet came after Trump’s campaign issued a news release announcing that the U.S. should ban any Muslims from entering the United States.

While Trump supporters stood by The Donald’s latest gaffe, the assertion has left many others again dumbstruck by Trump’s consistently badgering rhetoric. The latest extreme assertion followed others that Mosques should be under surveillance and Muslims should have to register in a database.

And then, of course, there’s that wall he wants to build between the U.S. and Mexico.

Kriseman has long been a voice for progressive policies. He’s rallied behind Planned Parenthood amid conservative criticism that the women’s health care provider was selling fetal remains.

He was and is a staunch defender of Obamacare. Kriseman has raised the minimum wage for city workers, implemented paid paternity leave and served as the first Mayor to be Grand Marshal of the annual Pride Parade.

His comments come as little surprise and, in a city that leans left, go a long way to boost is popularity.

Already Kriseman’s tweet has been “liked” 2,255 times as of 9:20 p.m. Monday and retweeted another 2,015.

And the comments have been overwhelmingly positive.

“The US need more politicians like you. Congrats!”

“We need a rigorous screening process with 100 percent accuracy and a 20 ft high Trump-proof fence around all of St. Petersburg.”

“Just decided I love this mayor!”

“Thank you Mr. Kriseman for standing up to that bully Donald Trump.”

But of course Kriseman’s tweets did reach some Trump supporters. One user wrote that Kriseman had overstepped his boundaries. When thrown to the wolves by more logical Twitter users, @SandraSnaidauf responded with a simply dimwitted statement.

“Please don’t tell me you support banning for any candidate No Mayor etc. has the right to ban How can u support that,” Sandra wrote, mistakes and all.

Just to be clear, even if Kriseman’s sarcasm wasn’t apparent to Miss I love The Donald Sandra, it’s also not actually possible for him to ban Trump from coming to the city. That’s not actually a thing.

It does not appear, so far, that Kriseman has elicited a response from Trump.

This isn’t the first time Kriseman as taken to Twitter to lament conservative extremism. Earlier this year when Glenn Beck placed St. Pete on his list of Godless cities, Kriseman took it as an honor.

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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