Dan Clevenger, who had been mayor of Marionville, Mo., since April 10, has resigned after the city council voted 4-1 to start the process to impeach him, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
Clevenger generated unwanted attention to the mostly white town
of 2,000 when he spoke sympathetically of his friend and former local, Frazier Glenn Cross, accused of killing three people outside two Jewish facilities near Kansas City, Mo., on the eve of Passover.
Clevenger said the alleged shooter had always been "respectful" of people who were "the same color as him" and that he "kind of agreed with [Cross] on some things but, I don't like to express that too much." Clevenger resigned Monday night.
Over the years, Clevenger has held Jews responsible for destroying the American workforce and said they controlled the government, according to The Huffington Post
He said, "There some things that are going on in this country that are destroying us. We've got a false economy, and it's, some of those corporations are run by Jews because the names are there. The fact that the Federal Reserve prints up phony money and freely hands it out, I think that's completely wrong. The people that run the Federal Reserve, they're Jewish," KSPR reported.
Speaking of Cross, Clevenger said: "It was shocking that he would do something like that, but knowing him and how much was built up inside of him, I can understand why he would be the one to do that," KSPR reported.
At a town council meeting many locals dissociated themselves from the mayor's views, saying he'd shamed the city.
"We simply cannot tolerate a public official who makes anti-Semitic comments," resident John Horner said, according to the News-Leader.
The mayor also had his defenders. "I have seen a lot more hatred from some of you people than I have seen out of Dan Clevenger," Gene Smith said. "I thought we had free speech in America."
Smith said Clevenger's views had been distorted.
Bob Duda, a former town mayor, spoke directly to Clevenger, according to the News-Leader: "The words that you spoke to the media, on numerous occasions, were vile and disgusting. Mr. Clevenger, I am asking you to step down."
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