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Petition to remove Kshama Sawant from office nearly at goal

Kshama Sawant. (AP)

A petition calling for the removal of Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant for “abuse of power” is nearing its goal.

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As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the petition has just over 23,377 supporters. The goal is 25,000.

The author of the petition claims Sawant is “not respecting the will of the people, and it wants her removed for abusing her power.

Here’s an excerpt from the author:

Kshama Sawant is not respecting the will of the people. She’s using her platform to incite violence and call for protests and riots. Our elected officials should be helping and bringing people together in our communities not promoting hate towards our democracy. Whether you like the outcome or not of the election, we look upon our officials to follow the laws of this country. Let’s help bring people together and follow the laws to get things done not promote hate and dismay because this election did not go her way. Let’s send a message to our local Mayor that she should step down from her position or be impeached. It is not appropriate for elected officials to call for protests.

The petition was created after Sawant called for a massive protest against President Donald Trump and a nationwide shutdown on Inauguration Day.

“I appeal to you … let’s have a massive protest, and tell America we do not accept a racist agenda,” Sawant said in November. “And let’s make sure on Inauguration Day … let’s do a nationwide shutdown.”

Thousands did protest on Inauguration Day and over the weekend.

And Sawant’s calls to action in opposition of President Trump didn’t end there. A column written by the councilmember, published on Monday, encourages a “wave of protests and strikes” on May Day — a day of what begins with peaceful immigrant and worker marches and typically ends in chaos in Seattle.

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