Nashville Metro Council Member Bob Mendes tweeted during Tuesday night’s presidential debate that U.S. President Donald Trump is “a racist m***** f*****.”
Trump is a racist m***** f*****
— Bob Mendes (@mendesbob) September 30, 2020
“Yes, I wrote the tweet,” Mendes told The Tennessee Star in an email Wednesday.
“Before Donald Trump was a candidate, he consistently made sexist and racist statements. He brought that same bad behavior to the White House, including his race-baiting statements about the unrest in Charlottesville a few years ago. It’s hard to believe that Trump could say or do worse. But that’s what happened on Tuesday night when the sitting President of the United States refused to denounce white supremacy and refused to acknowledge that he would honor the upcoming election results.”
Mendes went on to say that “Trump doesn’t respect America or Americans.”
The Star asked Mendes’ colleague, Metro Council member At-Large Steve Glover, to comment. Glover said he did not know about the tweet as of Wednesday evening.
“You verified that he put that on Twitter? Really?” Glover asked.
“I have never said anything bad-mouthed about [Joe] Biden, and I won’t and I hope I am beyond that. He said Trump is a racist? He’s a this and he’s a that? Well, let me just say this. Bob is a taxer. He just cost the people of Nashville 34 to 37 percent additional property tax. So, he can call Trump whatever he wants to. When I am behind closed doors I can chew people out and do whatever. But publicly I don’t think we say those kinds of words or infer them.”
Former Nashville mayoral candidate Carol Swain, meanwhile, said “it is disgusting and disappointing when our elected officials resort to gutter language rather than rational discourse to express disagreement.”
“Bob Mendes has disrespected the office of the presidency and has shown the world his contempt for President Trump, a man who has done more for Black Americans than any other president elected during my lifetime,” Swain said.
“Mendes has proven his unfitness for higher office by posting such a vulgar and vile tweet.”
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden, meanwhile, told The Star in an email Wednesday that he hoped Mendes would quickly delete his post.
Mendes’ tweet was still up as of Wednesday night.
“One would think as Nashville businesses are being closed, workers being laid off, sponsoring and passing a 34 percent property tax raise, and the prospect of the city being taken over by the State for financial mismanagement, that Councilman Mendes would spend his evenings in a more productive way,” Golden said.
Staff for Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Nashville Mayor John Cooper did not immediately return requests for comment Wednesday.
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