On Friday, the Mayor of Burien, Washington, Jimmy Matta claimed that he was a victim in white supremacy “hate crime,” over lightning bolts in the yard sign advocating against progressive candidates, including himself.
Matta who is up for re-election said, “This is not something that I take lightly. I’m speaking about it and we’re going to defend democracy in this town.”
The signs were found posted along 152nd Street.
The signs are colored red and were posted anonymously overnight, “Seattle politics are bad for Burien,” the signs say next to two symbols that Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta claims are associated with white supremacy, it includes an image of a raised first and lightning bolts that he believes are Nazi SS lightning bolts. There are also Stickers that were placed on the far-left candidate’s signs that read “CORRUPT.”
The signs urge people to vote against the four candidates, Jimmy Matta, Hugo Garcia, Sarah Moore, and Krystal Marx.
“Burien is 54,000 residents. 42% people of color. 25% Latino. This community has changed. Some people may be fearful of it. They might not know what’s coming next and some people just don’t want that, what’s the reason to call a person of color corrupt when you can’t substantiate it?” Matta said in the local station KIRO 7.
He wants the prosecution to the person who’s responsible … for exercising their First Amendment rights, he unhinged nut job said.
“Is it because we’re bringing Donald Trump’s tactics back of they send their worst, their rapists, their thieves to America? To me, that’s what it means. These tactics here today are uncalled for and I want this individual prosecuted because this is an attack on our democracy. Period.” Matta added.
Matta is the first Latino mayor of the city and he worries that the signs could scare people from voting. Sarah Moore, a candidate for City Council Position #5, also said she “felt really disturbed” by the imagery, adding, “it looked like hate symbolism.”
According to the KIRO report:
The mayor said that he will be contacting local law enforcement and the Department of Justice about people being mean to him and offered a $2,000 reward “for any information that can help Burien police arrest those responsible for the yard signs that opposed him,” and is also demanding that the FBI open an investigation.
The “hate crime” now that Matta has cried is not only the first time. Because way back in 2018 while attending a block party an older white man where Matta has claimed that he had been physically and verbally assaulted by him.
Matta wrote on Facebook, “I was physically assaulted, and verbally threatened by a male who was upset because Burien is a sanctuary city, and I am a Latino male mayor.”
Matta’s attacker “came around the back, took his arm, wrapped it around my neck and brought me down and started talking in my ear.” He said the man threatened his life and whispered, “We’re not going to let you Latino illegals take over our city, Matta told The Seattle Times.
Craig Pierce Tweney, 63, was charged with malicious harassment, Washington’s hate crime statute, and fourth-degree assault.