SC lawmaker to Trump: Keep out

January 12, 2016

A Democratic legislator in South Carolina has a message for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump: Stay out of my state.

Donald Trump at a campaign event in Rock Hill, South Carolina January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Representative John King plans to introduce a resolution on Tuesday stating there is no place for the Republican front-runner’s “abrasive and racist rhetoric” in the early primary state that King said has worked to move beyond its past of racial intolerance.

“South Carolinians have tirelessly worked to overcome a history of hatred and bigotry, and there is no place in this state for anyone who espouses hatred and bigotry as a campaign slogan,” the resolution said.

Trump in December called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States following deadly coordinated attacks in Paris by Islamic State gunmen and suicide bombers.

“He is not welcome in the state of South Carolina,” the resolution adds.

The resolution seems unlikely to win approval from the Republican-led House of Representatives. Even if it did, it would not have the weight of law and would have little effect on the real estate mogul’s ability to campaign in the state ahead of its Feb. 20 primary.

South Carolina is considered an important voting state with its third-in-the-nation primary election in the race for the party nomination to run for the White House in November.

King, a funeral home owner and member of South Carolina’s legislative black caucus, represents Rock Hill, where last week a Muslim flight attendant wearing a hijab was evicted from a Trump rally after standing in silent protest against the candidate.

A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The candidate is due to appear in South Carolina on Thursday for a Republican presidential debate hosted by Fox Business Network.

(Reporting by Harriet McLeod and Colleen Jenkins)

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