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Cleveland mayor says Cleveland ‘perceived to be the butthole of the world sometimes’

Mayor Frank Jackson
Posted at 3:37 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 21:42:27-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson did an interview with The Appeal on Wednesday, and a clip is circulating the internet where Jackson says "Cleveland is perceived to be the butthole of the world."

During the interview, the host asked Jackson if the city relies on philanthropic money and can't move around their budget.

Jackson gave a very long answer, and apologized to the host for rambling before saying "I'll give you an example. My last State of the City was right on this subject. Cleveland, even though we have a city of poverty and we have a city of predominately minority, and of that minority group predominately African Americans. And even though Cleveland is perceived to be the butthole of the world sometimes, when you look at perception and reality and look at gross domestic product and growth domestic capital, Cleveland and the Cleveland region is a pretty wealthy area."

He made the remarks around the 28 minutes mark of the interview.

The City of Cleveland said they are aware of the video circulating and want to make sure people watch the entire thing.

You can watch his full interview with The Appeal below: