Bob Ivers, a candidate running for mayor of Hopkins, argued that a rail line between his town and Minneapolis, which he called “Welfare-opolis,” would be “nothing but a tube that’s going to bring riffraff and trash” who will take people’s daughters and shoot their sons.
Ivers said the rail line would be “another socialist… ruination of the town.”
“Everybody be forewarned,” he told the audience at a mayoral debate. “You listen, and you listen real close.”
“All the Chicago and Detroit riff-raff that’s moved into ‘Welfare-apolis,’ they’re going to get on that train,” he said. “And you know where they’re going to end up? They’re going to end up down at the depot. And they’re going to end up with yours, and yours, and yours granddaughters, and daughters, and grandsons.”
“And I predict within two months of that coming through here, there’s going to be a shooting down at that kid’s depot,” he added. “So everybody think about that.”
Ivers then went on to note that Hopkins is “90 percent white” with “10 percent coloreds and Mexicans and Asians that are here” but if with a rail line “you’re going to have all the ethnics you want.”
According to City Pages’ Mike Mullen, Ivers received a total of 71 votes, 7 percent of the total, when he previously ran for mayor in 2015. Mullen pointed out that he received fewer votes than several write-in candidates.
“Ivers has a delivery style that combines the worst elements of Jesse Ventura, Donald Trump, Archie Bunker, and the least likable a**hole taking up a stool at a suburban bar,” Mullen wrote of his debate performance.
Ivers wrote a candidate profile of himself in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, in which he describes himself as “62 years old, single, & retired.”
“I am experienced in promotions, music, & small business. I am also an inventor,” he wrote. “I have designed an electric car, clean energy generator, & bicycle car, etc. I have business attorneys & plan on going public with a stock offering.”
Two of his proposals include prosecuting “businesses that knowingly sell pull tabs to mentally handicapped patrons” and creating a weekly citywide variety show called “Hopkins Has Talent.”
“I want Hopkins to be a fun, warm, destination city with sizzle and pizazz,” he wrote. “I want to designate Wednesday or Thursday night as a vibrant girls night out, complete with citizen street vendors, actors, strolling musicians, jugglers, clowns, etc. 30% discounts for women! Fun, fun fun!”
“Fun & romantic or what?” he actually asked.
He also vowed to be “tough on loitering, riff-raff, littering, and crime. I know it when I see it.”
“A fun mayor for everyone,” he said.
Watch the video of his racist tirade below: