The mayor of a small city in Washington is getting lots of response from the group after photographs of him carrying a controversial T-shirt circulated on-line.
Sequim Mayor William Armacost was seen in the photograph carrying a black T-shirt with a cranium, two weapons and the phrases, “This is the USA – We Eat Meat – We Drink Beer – We Own Guns – We Speak English – We Love Freedom – If you do not like that get the —- out.”
Photo attracts outcry
The photograph, taken in Costco May 2, seems in a May 3 Facebook post from Laurey Hansen-Carl.
“Does this philosophy represent you? Is this how we want our beloved city depicted? Voting matters!” the submit reads.
Since then, the photograph has been uploaded and shared on Facebook dozens of instances, drawing criticism from customers on-line and group members at the City Council meeting Monday.
“The message on your t-shirt is exclusionary, racist, and threatening,” one Facebook submit reads. “Your words do not represent our community. They do not even represent a point of view. Racism and thuggery are behaviors, not philosophy.”
“Your behavior and language, such as that appearing on the infamous T-shirt, indicate that were it up to you, everyone who disagrees with your personal politics and the politics of the GOP should leave Sequim – leave America,” one speaker stated through the City Council’s public remark interval. “You have no honor. Resign before you cause any more damage to our town.”
After all of the audio system had been heard, Armacost addressed the gathering, saying that he had unintentionally worn the shirt into the shop, in accordance to the meeting’s recording.
“I had no idea and I wasn’t even conscious of the fact that the T-shirt that I put on that morning before I attended an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting was one that I was indeed wearing,” Armacost stated.
He defined that he wore the shirt to the AA assembly as a result of he needed to use the skulls as a manner to symbolize that “we are all created equal,” in order to assist the group members with their dependancy. The again of the shirt had been lined by a sweatshirt earlier than Armacost entered Costco, he stated.
“If I had been thinking other than a quick 10-minute run into Costco, I would have turned the shirt inside out,” Armacost stated. “I apologize for those that were offended.”
“I also regret that we are living in a time in our society that we have paparazzis that are looking at any opportunity they can take to have a ‘gotcha’ moment. So it’s unfortunate, if I had to do it all over again, of course I would not have put the shirt on.”
Armacost didn’t reply to a request for remark from McClatchy News.
In a May 8 interview, he advised the Sequim Gazette: “I’m not going to step down from anyone’s attempt to shame me. I’m going to uphold constitutional rights that I have,” he stated, in accordance to the newspaper.