The Honolulu City and County Mayoral Race is in full swing.
The embattled and incumbent Mayor Kirk Caldwell has raised millions of dollars to fund his campaign through social media. The island is now besieged with blood-sport advertisements all over the air-waves. It’s up to the public to discern the facts from fiction.
Embattled Mayor Caldwell’s campaign is primarily based on social media propaganda.
This, in turn, has resulted in some memes that should air on the Jon Stewart Show. They’re too witty and too funny.
An example: Mayor Kirk Caldwell used a photo version of this August 2016 Greet the President event as his official photo for President Obama’s “endorsement”. Keep in mind the office of the Honolulu Mayor is non-partisan.
It will be interesting to find out which staff member churned out that generic endorsement.
We question President Obama’s personal knowledge about it because Mayor Caldwell’s past four years as Mayor of Honolulu is a chronic record of violating civil rights and persecuting the most vulnerable in society. (Various federal judges have ordered the city of Honolulu to pay for damages, attorney fees and settlement.) We cannot believe that President Obama would condone such actions that undermine social justice and equality.
This photo below, taken by Civil Beat, in a the quick protocol greeting by government officials in August 2016 at Hickam Air Force Base.
The Caldwell Campaign’s efforts to crop and paste their photos to augment the Obama endorsement prompted the public to create these other memes. (“Pilau” is the Hawaiian word for “rotten”. “Hewa” is similar.)