How Bowser’s battles with Trump helped her in DC mayor’s race

The Hill
June 16, 2022

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) gained national attention in 2020 when she ordered a block of 16th Street leading up to the White House to be emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter” in bright yellow paint.  

At the time, she was in a tense confrontation with then-President Trump, who days before had ordered federal forces with tear gas and rubber bullets to use against demonstrators protesting police brutality and racial injustice into D.C. streets. 

Now, with the D.C. primaries on June 21 fast approaching, Bowser appears to be the favorite as she faces off against Democrats Robert White, Trayon White and James Butler. Whoever wins the Democratic primary in bright-blue D.C. is all but certain to be its next mayor...

“[She’s] basically saying, I did all this additional work to keep the city safe,” said Andrew Ifedapo Thompson, professor of political science at George Washington University. “It was such a unique event, she’s literally the only person who has been in that role in the history of the country.” 

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