A sad and divisive effort to distract from his struggle in the election.
In 2013, Naheed Nenshi won 73% of the vote in the Calgary Mayoral Election. Now, polls show him falling behind his challenger Bill Smith, with one survey putting him at just 31% support to Bill Smith’s 48%.
So, either two things have happened since 2013:
Either 40% of Calgarians suddenly became racists all of a sudden, or people are reacting to the tax increases and increasingly arrogant attitude displayed by Nenshi. While almost all fair-minded people think it’s the latter, Nenshi would have you believe it’s the former. As his poll numbers decline, Nenshi is now trying to imply that those who oppose him are racists trying to “take Calgary backwards,” presumably by not voting for him.
In a Facebook post first shared by Mashood Qazi, Nenshi said the following:
“There are forces out there supporting opponents that want us to go backwards and don’t want a city that is so inclusive of everyone.”
“They don’t want a city that is so inclusive of everyone and it is absolutely incumbent on us to hold on to the city we are proud of to make sure that we vote.”
“We know they are using a lot of technology to get people who don’t believe in diversity to get people who might be racists or haters out to vote.”
“My request for you is to vote. Get your neighbours and your family and your friends and your co-workers, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, Pakistani and non-Pakistani, alike out to vote.”
“Don’t let them divide us.”
Though the video was removed from facebook, it can be seen below:
There has been a strong backlash against Nenshi’s video, so much so that the video was removed the person who originally posted it. Clearly, people can see past Nenshi’s obviously cynical attempt to shame people into voting for him. Nenshi is trying to make people believe that opposition to him and his policies can only be about racism, not an actual reaction to his time in office. It’s absurd, it’s manipulative, and it’s disgraceful.
In fact, this kind of elitist condescending arrogance is a big reason why Nenshi’s popularity has collapsed so dramatically in the first place, and it’s no surprise that people are getting fed up with it.
Photo – YouTube