Lawrence mayor says profane tweet to Trump was out of frustration with immigration policies

Lawrence Mayor Lisa Larsen directed — and later deleted — a tweet at President Donald Trump, calling him a “f—ing idiot” regarding his statements on a recent immigration agreement with Mexico.

The tweet was up for less than a day, and Larsen told the Journal-World that she still felt strongly about the issue, even though she regretted her word choice.

Last weekend, Larsen used her personal Twitter account, which does identify her as the mayor of Lawrence, to respond to one of Trump’s tweets about the recent immigration agreement with Mexico. The agreement came about after Trump threatened tariffs on Mexican goods coming into the United States, creating market concerns.

Larsen, whose account has about 400 followers, criticized Trump for creating a nonexistent crisis. Her tweet stated: “You are beyond a f—ing idiot. I can no longer w/h my utter disdain for everything you do. You create a nonexistent crisis, pretend to fix nonexistent crisis and then expect praise for it all. The end of your political career will not come quick enough.”

A reader professing disdain for Larsen’s language sent a screenshot of the tweet to the Journal-World.

Larsen said she posted the tweet late at night and ultimately took it down the next morning.

“I just hit a breaking point,” she said. “I say a lot of things privately, but that was the first time I’ve gone that far. We are treating the border crossers so inhumanely; it’s just unfathomable that we continue along this route. It’s difficult to continue to read about this every day with the idea that it seems like we don’t have any power to change it, other than written word, and it doesn’t seem to do much.”

The Trump administration’s immigration policies, including separating children from their parents at the border and holding immigrants in harsh conditions, have been widely criticized as inhumane.

The tweet hasn’t drawn much reaction in Douglas County, where Hillary Clinton defeated Trump 62% to 29% in the 2016 presidential race. Larsen said that although she didn’t get any negative feedback about the tweet, she decided to take it down because of her word choice.

“I was really frustrated with the whole situation, as I have been many times with the president, and I don’t think I’ve been shy about saying that,” Larsen said. “But obviously my choice of words was not very professional.”


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