By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — If La Crosse voters somehow thought they were getting a moderate Common Council member in Jennifer Trost, an election night video in which Trost says she’s looking forward to making white people pay for “their privilege” should disabuse them of that notion.
Trost, a woke University of Wisconsin La Crosse history professor, defeated school bus driver Richard Korish in the recent spring election to represent La Crosse’s District 11. She celebrated her victory with her socialist chums from Our Wisconsin Revolution in a Zoom conference call. Our Wisconsin Revolution bills itself an “independent, statewide, membership driven democratic-populist organization that aims to take Wisconsin government back from corporate elites and make it of, by, and for the people.” It’s led by a bunch of Bernie Sanders acolytes, with former far left gubernatorial candidate Mike McCabe serving as executive director.
Trost told her fellow revolutionaries what she was looking forward to as a member of the city council.
“I am looking forward to a wave of attention to equity and fairness and a bunch of white people paying forward some of their privilege, because that’s a big part of why I ran,” she said.
On the video, Trost’s newly elected colleagues, Mac Kiel and Mackenzie Mindel, and La Crosse County Board member Marueen Freedland all nod in agreement.
Trost’s stick-it-to-whitey rhetoric is certainly more radical than the more moderate rhetoric she used during much of the campaign. In February, she told the local liberal publication that the city had an opportunity to “find ways to be good to our neighbors and to the people who live here.”
The council member told the group that she now had to be more “politic” in her statements, but she couldn’t hide her pleasure in being a “Wisconsin Revolution” candidate to “beat the police union candidate” in Korish.
That fact surely pleased Joella Striebel, Northwest Region Organizer for Our Wisconsin Revolution. Striebel nodded along at Trost’s intention of making “a bunch of white people” pay comment. Striebel a, former member the La Crosse County Criminal Justice Management Council, resigned her position after she says she was “threatened and harassed” after a police union post about her.
The police union outed Striebel for her clearly anti-law enforcement political philosophies as the county weighed creating a citizen board that would have oversight authority over police agencies — something that has long been the domain of the police and fire commission.
In one post on her Facebook page, Striebel shows off her new tattoo — a police riot helmet split in two with what appears to be a plant growing between the smashed remains.
“Strong communities prove police obsolete. Another world is possible,” Striebel’s post declares. And then she adds, “All cops are bound to a system of violence and oppression.”
Striebel’s revolutionary pals subsequently threatened law enforcement officials and Empower Wisconsin for reposting Striebel’s Facebook photo, insisting she was protected by privacy laws on the very public social media platform.
While Trost attempted to define herself as a centrist in a La Crosse Tribune candidate profile, her opponent, Korish, pointed to the professor’s core leftist beliefs. He said Trost is part of a political movement tearing down institutions and labellng everything as racist.
Apparently, 60 percent of the 669 voters who bothered to cast ballots in La Crosse’s 11th District didn’t care about that.
Elections do have consequences. La Crosse is about to learn what those consequences are.