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Calif. mayor: Trump ‘not welcome’ here

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A mayor in California says Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is not welcome in her city because of his campaign’s “hate speech and implicit calls to violence.”

In a column for The Advocate, Mayor Lindsey Horvath of West Hollywood blasted Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims, immigrants and women.

{mosads}“I firmly believe it is the responsibility of those of us in leadership to use our words and actions wisely,” Horvath wrote. “That is why I took the opportunity to express how deeply disturbed I am by the Trump presidential campaign and to call out their destructive tactics.

“The campaign has gone beyond its right to express a political point of view or policy differences, which we all have to greater or lesser degrees. The hate speech and implicit calls to violence coming from Trump and his campaign are beyond the pale and have no place in any community in our country.”

Horvath also wrote a letter to the GOP front-runner making clear that she is “disturbed” by his campaign.

“With the primary making its way to California, as West Hollywood’s Mayor, I want to make very clear that your campaign of violence and intimidation is not welcome in our City,” she wrote to the real estate mogul. “I demand that you renounce calls to violence and consider the role you play in shaping public discourse, specifically with the words you choose and the behavior you exhibit and encourage.”

California holds its primary in June. Trump leads rival Ted Cruz by about eight points in the state, according to a RealClearPolitics polling average.

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