On Sunday, Aug. 9 thousands of peaceful protesters gathered at Seattle City Hall to support the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and pushback against the Defund SPD movement. One of the featured speakers of the event was meteorologist Cliff Mass who was recently terminated from KNKX radio in Tacoma, an NPR affiliate for comparing the violence in Seattle to Kristalnacht in 1938.
The Seattle Police Officer’s Guild (SPOG) hosted the rally at Seattle City Hall to push back on the efforts by the Seattle City Council to defund the SPD. SPOG has been running a campaign which gathered over 160,000 signatures of support for the SPD in just over a week. The rally was attended by 3-5000 according to unofficial SPD counts.
One of the featured speakers of the event was Cliff Mass the UW meteorologist who wrote an article on his personal blog last week called "Seattle: A City in Fear Can Be Restored."
In the article Mass described how shocked he was by what was happening to downtown Seattle as a result of ongoing violence and compared the destruction to Kristalnacht, a night in 1938 where Jewish businesses were targeted for destruction. Kristalnacht means "the night of broken glass."
"It’s more than just the broken glass" Mass said in an exclusive interview with The Post Millennial. "You have these thugs around, breaking windows, intimidating people, hurting people, hurting police and you didn’t really have the government intervening. A lot of the political people were trying to avoid discussing it… some of the city council were even supporting it."
Mass continued, "A big element of what happened in Nazi Germany was that a lot of people, good people that should have known better said nothing. They were afraid. And that was true here."
Mass claims he has gotten hundreds of emails of support from people who are "so discomforted by what is going on they are afraid to say anything."
Mass, who is Jewish, was quickly labelled an anti-Semite by those who opposed his characterization of the riots in his article. According to Mass he was fired because KNKX was facing a "social media storm" over his article. Mass claims that KNKX never gave him the chance to change his article and instead told him he was done outright.
In his remarks to the crowd on Sunday, Mass called the defunding of SPD by 50 percent absurd and said that many on the Seattle City Council, were only a year ago suggesting that the city needs more police, although that was while on the campaign trail. At the time there was concern over security issues but now that the political winds have shifted, they want to cut the police.
Mass said that the council "really hasn't thought through what they are going to do to preserve safety in the city."
"I was very critical of the City Council. One problem after another is festering and they're just not taking it seriously," Mass said.
Mass ended his public remarks with a statement of support of SPD discussing how the vast number of people are quiet and maybe afraid to speak who actually support the Seattle Police Department.
In discussing the counter protesters at the rally, Mass quipped that "They (the protesters) didn't even live up to the name that I was hoping to see, they were not impressive folks to put it mildly."
Mass plans on writing more articles specifically describing cancel culture and his time at KNKX and how the station, to which he says he has helped attract donors because he believed that the area need more diverse viewpoints, has stifled free speech.