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California Mayor Who Compared Trump Supporters to KKK Dies in Plane Crash

Auburn Mayor William Kirby identified after plane went down near Auburn Airport

 on 19th April 2020 @ 2.00pm
kirkby faced a backlash from auburn residents last week for his comment calling trump supporters racist © press
Kirkby faced a backlash from Auburn residents last week for his comment calling Trump supporters racist

The mayor of a northern California city, who recently stepped down after comparing supporters of President Donald Trump to members of the Ku Klux Klan, has been killed in a plane crash, reports say.

Neon Nettle reported last week that Auburn Mayor William Kirby had compared the president and his supporters to the KKK, triggering a backlash online which prompted him to step down. 

Kirby was identified after a small plane went down near Auburn Airport just after 11 a.m. local time, according to FOX 40 Sacramento.

His fellow passenger reportedly survived, but their identity is not yet known.

Kirkby faced a backlash from Auburn residents last week during a video city council meeting due to the coronavirus outbreak.

One of the mayor's social media posts was of a Ku Klux Klan hood, with the caption, “Good news for Trump supporters is that most of them already have masks,” FOX 40 reported.

kirby planned to step down as mayor at the next council meeting on april 27 © press
Kirby planned to step down as mayor at the next council meeting on April 27

The mayor also wrote on another post to another social media user:

"If Hitler and everyone who supported him were removed from the face of the earth in 1939, the world would be a much better place.

"The same is more true of Trump and his supporters today."

The Auburn Journal said Kirby had written on a repost of a story in the Atlantic under the headline, "The President is Trapped" saying:

"That right-wing coronavirus denier Boris Johnson just got hospitalized. Guess which two should be next!!!! And god bless all those evangelicals going to church in large groups…. There is no cure for stupid…. But they all vote for Trump anyway, so it is ok…."

Screenshots of an online exchange were Kirkby aggressively tells another person:

"F*** off you right-wing nut case" and "you un-American Nazi clown."

The posts were later taken down.

the mayor posted an image of the kkk with caption   good news for trump supporters is that most of them already have masks © press
The Mayor posted an image of the KKK with caption: 'Good news for Trump supporters is that most of them already have masks'

Kirby blamed President Trump for the lack of proper gear and testing capabilities in his work as a doctor.

“This president has put us all at risk,” Kirby said.

Officials and the public heard a series of voicemails that the council received from angry residents angered by Kirby’s online posts.

“These comments are hateful, degrading, bigoted, and more consistent with the mentality of a 15-year-old,” one voicemail said, according to FOX 40.

The Mayor talked about the posts at the meeting and appeared remorseful.

“I spent 40 years dedicating my life to serving the community of Auburn as a physician and through my volunteer efforts. Am I perfect? No. We’re all a little flawed,” Kirby said.

Kirby planned to step down as mayor at the next council meeting on April 27.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the plane crash, according to California state fire officials.

[READ MORE] Joe Biden Links Trump to KKK During Sermon at Black Church

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