About ten years ago, Clevenger had written a letter to the editor of the 'Aurora Advertiser' that said: "I am a friend of [Cross] helping to spread his warnings. The Jew-run medical industry has succeeded in destroying the United States' workforce." Questioned about those views by reporters after the recent shootings,Clevenger told the 'Springfield News-Leader' that he had once been heavily influenced by Cross but no longer considered him a friend after the shootings.
The mayor has also made some cringe-inducing comments about the number of Jews holding powerful positions in the United States, such as: "I don't think the government is run by Jews. We are still a democracy. Sure there are Jews in government. I mean, Nancy Pelosi, she is a Jew. And she brags about it." Pelosi isn't Jewish.
The controversy culminated Monday evening with a town meeting in which several residents condemnedClevenger for his statements, prompting the mayor to resign. "You are a representative of us," one man toldClevenger during public comments at the meeting, according to local news coverage of the event. "We're not a representative of you. What you say, what comes out of your mouth, is what we say."
"We must show our neighbors, state, our nation and a global community our true, kind, caring, loving and accepting community," resident John Horner said at Monday night's meeting, according to the 'News-Leader'. "We simply cannot tolerate a public official who makes anti-Semitic comments."
Marionville, like the nearby town of Aurora, where the shooting suspect lived, is in rural southern Missouri.
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