Boston’s liberal mayor Martin Walsh told the Boston Herald on Monday that he would do everything he could to block a Trump hotel or real estate project in Boston because of Republican Donald Trump’s remarks regarding illegal immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement last month.
“I didn’t criticize him; I just don’t agree with him at all,” Walsh said to the Herald. “I think his comments are inappropriate. And if he wanted to build a hotel here, he’d have to make some apologies to people in this country.”
Yet this morning Walsh tweeted “we are committed to retaining our talent and by working together to create a thriving innovative #Boston” in regards to an event coming to Boston.
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) July 14, 2015
Trump has received widespread condemnation from many on the left and some on the right for his remarks.
“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us [sic]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said in his campaign kickoff speech.
Trump has remained firm in his immigration views, asking for an apology from the media because of the escape of drug lord ‘El Chapo’ from a Mexico Prison over the weekend. Trump believes that the escape validates his remarks.
When will people, and the media, start to apologize to me for my statement, "Mexico is sending….", which turned out to be true? El Chapo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2015
Walsh’s predecessor Mayor Thomas Menino once rebuffed Chick Fil-A for its President’s comments on same-sex marriage in 2012. Menino ended up quickly backtracking his statements calling them a mistake. (RELATED: Boston Mayor backs off attempt to block Chick-fil-A: ‘I make mistakes’; Dodson didn’t influence decision)