Thousands of supporters have signed an online petition calling for the removal of councilwoman Kshama Sawant after she encouraged a "nationwide shutdown" on President-elect Donald Trump's Inauguration Day.
Historically, it’s been difficult for online petitions similar to this one to have a legal impact. One of the requirements is that it needs 35 percent certified valid signatures in her district.
The outrage comes after Election Day, when Sawant called for a massive protest at Westlake Park and a shutdown on Inauguration Day. Here's what to know about Sawant's call for protests.
In a packed post-election rally at Seattle City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant called for a massive protest on Wednesday night and a nationwide shutdown on Inauguration Day in response to president-elect Donald Trump.
More than 2,200 people responded to the Facebook event Wednesday indicating they plan to attend the demonstration in "mass opposition to Trump and his agenda."
Read an real-time log of the protest here.
During the rally at Westlake Park, Sawant reiterated her message in telling demonstrators that "we are stronger than the billionaires" and "their capitalists system.”
The protest against President-elect Donald Trump at Westlake Center grew into a march with several hundred people across the streets of Seattle.
The protest departed from downtown Seattle and marched through Capitol Hill and ended in the University District.
The original protest was organized by the Socialist Alternative, and included concerned members of the LBGTQ community, immigrants and Muslims worried about the Trump presidency.
Sawant said protesting is exactly why her constituency elected her to do. KIRO 7 News reporter Amy Clancy took your email and social media questions to the councilwoman – asking if it's appropriate for elected city officials to call for protests.
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