Newkirk mayor says he condemns violence; Newkirk city manager receiving calls about mayor

January 8, 2021 | Featured|Headlines


NEWKIRK — Newkirk city manager Ryan Smykil said today that he has been receiving messages from citizens concerning Newkirk mayor Brian Hobbs being present at the Nation’s capital Wednesday when it was stormed by supporters of President Donald Trump.

Smykil said he has no comment on the situation but said he wouldn’t be surprised if citizens gather to voice their thoughts at Monday’s regular scheduled city commission meeting.

Brian Hobbs

Hobbs and Braman resident, Eric Dark, were mentioned in a New York Times story. Dark was reportedly tear gassed at the top of the steps of the Capitol but never made it inside. Hobbs is quoted in the article as saying, “We had enough people, we could have tore that building down brick by brick.”

EDITOR’S NOTE — On Jan. 9 The New York Times issued a correction and attributed the “brick by brick quote to Dark and not Hobbs.”

Today Hobbs said everyone is entitled to their opinion but that the article took his comment out of context. Hobbs said that the article makes it sounds like he was inciting violence and destruction.

“I want to make it very clear that I condemn violence,” he said. “I was trying to make the point that there were enough people there that they could have destroyed the city but they didn’t. The article makes it sound like I was inciting that but unfortunately that is the way the media is these days. Again I want to be very clear that I condemn violence.”

A photo Hobbs posted on a Facebook page. Hobbs said Facebook has removed the page.

Hobbs said one of the people he was with physically removed someone who was trying to do damage to the Capitol. “I do not stand for that and no one I was with stands for that and I want to make that very clear.”

Hobbs said it wasn’t until later that he knew anything had happened inside the Capitol. “Those of us outside didn’t know anyone made it inside,” he said. “We were outside and people were singing the National Anthem.”

Hobbs took this photo of Trump supporters gathering in Washington D.C.
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