After an hour and a half of rehashed bigotry, conspiracy theories, and whoppers, and after ejecting from the public meeting a local who said, “We are a country of immigrants,” anti-refugee propagandist Ron Branstner turned the mic over to Willmar, Minnesota, city council candidate Bob Enos to gripe about how awful immigrants have made life in Willmar.
Funny—local Lutheran pastor Marcia Sylvester comes from Willmar. She doesn’t think immigrants have ruined her hometown:
She said that yes, a large number of Hispanic and Somali workers have moved to the Willmar area in the last 20 or 30 years, but the community isn’t unsafe.
“When I go home I am not afraid,” Sylvester said, adding that the downtown has a new cultural feel [Katherine Grandstrand, “New Americans Task Force Discusses Resettlement Changes,” Aberdeen American News, 2016.09.22].
The press was unable to directly document Enos and Branstner’s lies and bigotry, since the cowards brought along several men in black security t-shirts to prevent any photography or videography. The goon squad turned away the local paper’s photographer.
No “security” was present at the honest, local New Americans Task Force meeting facilitated by Pastor Sylvester earlier Thursday, a vivid symbol of how, unlike Branstner, Enos, and their followers, some Aberdonians do not live in fear.