A white Washington State city board member tried this week to oust her only Asian colleague for committing the crime of promoting women’s rights.
Lynnwood Public Facilities District (PFD) board member Janet Pope tried to oust Vivian Dong with a no-confidence vote after Dong specifically attended a women’s rights rally and promoted it online.
According to the Lynnwood Times, last month a district judge ruled that a women’s-only Korean spa in Lynnwood must allow “transgender women” into its facility.
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) June 8, 2023
In response, supporters of the spa held a rally on June 17th. Dong reportedly not only attended the rally but also promoted it on social media.
“Dong said she was never asked by her colleagues to remove her post promoting the rally, and she was in frequent contact with Pope before the rally to discuss the details,” the Daily Mail reported Friday.
“Dong even confirmed with the District’s attorney, Matt Hendricks, on June 13 that attending the rally would not pose any legal problems. She said she wanted to show her support for the spa and its owners ‘both as an Asian woman as well as the PFD board member to support our key tenant,'” the Daily Mail notes.
But none of this was good enough for Pope, a “she/her” leftist who’s committed to “DEI.”
During Tuesday’s vote, she pushed for a no-confidence vote in Dong and also prohibited the Asian council member from speaking out in her own defense.
Besides complaining about Dong’s presence at the rally, Pope also claimed that the rally cost local businesses $35,000 in lost revenue and the city $10,000 to $12,500 in security and other essentials for the rally.
“Dong, a senior software engineer who was elected to the voluntary role on April 24 this year, said she had not been told in advance that her colleagues were seeking to remove her from the council,” according to the Daily Mail.
“They voted unanimously 4-0 in favor of a no confidence motion, and, unable to force her to resign, issued a recommendation of her resignation. She refused,” the DailyMail reported.
Speaking with the Times afterward, Dong was not pleased.
“Personally, I wasn’t really prepared. I felt ambushed, set up and possibly discriminated against. It’s been a shock, a total shock,” she said.
— Safe Lynnwood (@safeLynnwood) June 13, 2023
Is there any legitimacy to Pope’s complaints?
The Times notes that in the days prior to the rally, “Dong sent an email to Matt Hendricks, PFD’s attorney, on June 13, asking if she could attend” the rally to show support as both an Asian woman and PFD member.
She reportedly received a response that same day from Pope stating “you are certainly allowed to attend and have your own free speech, just not representing the PFD.”
But then two days later, Pope wrote an email saying the exact opposite.
“Based on the recommendations from the Lynnwood Police and the JLL Risk Management team who has international experience with this, they are asking that no staff or board members other than our emergency operations team be on site, so that limited resources can be spent on preventing incidents,” she wrote.
There was just one problem: “The Lynnwood Police Department confirmed … they never made recommendations for staff or board members to not be on-site,” according to the Times.
So Pope evidently lied …
THIS IS JANET POPE: Sources say Janet Pope has a personal vendetta against Dong and did not want her on the Lynnwood Public Facilities District board. Dong has served for only three months. More documents will confirm this narrative in the coming days. #Lynnwood… pic.twitter.com/x9xTvGgUgs
— Jonathan Choe Journalist (Seattle) (@choeshow) July 13, 2023
But there’s more.
“Never in Dong’s social media posts did she claim to be speaking on behalf of the Board, nor as a Board representative,” the Times notes.
Plus, Pope HERSELF attended the rally, albeit reportedly as a protester, not a rallygoer. But still.
Responding to all that happened, critics were quick to slam “white liberals” like Pope for being so full of crap as they inevitably always are.
notice the board was all white people. so much for diversity right??
— Autumn Reyes (Riddick) (@EmperorRiddick) July 13, 2023
I’m going to say it out loud. White liberal woman hates Asians. There is no ambiguity. Janet Pope needs to go. City employees should not retain their government positions attacking innocent minorities.
— QuestionEverything (@DrFJAD) July 13, 2023
I’m so fed up with this!! This is like the LA Spa, why do they keep targeting businesses ran by Asians?! I heard there was another in NY where this happened! It’s maddening & blantent racism!
Thanks for your great reporting.
— Maria Baja (@TriaRyder) July 13, 2023
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