Two Republican officials in New Jersey switched political parties over what they said are racist comments made by presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse and Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino filed a change of party affiliation to independents on Thursday with the Bergen County Board of Elections, they announced in a news release.
“The divisive and racist statements that Trump keeps making are insulting to many of our people and completely unacceptable. We don’t want a young student in one of our schools hearing these things and believing that their own elected officials are supporting these types of statements,” the pair said in a statement.
Census figures show about 17,000 of the city’s nearly 44,000 residents in 2014 were foreign-born. Nearly 13,000 spoke Spanish at home, according to the data.
“We felt at this time, the best thing for us to do is to make a statement so that the citizens of our town are aware that we support the diversity in our community,” Canestrino told 1010 WINS.
Labrosse and Canestrino said there was not a specific comment that influenced their decision. They say it was the general tone of the campaign.
“And hearing these types of comments, it was really offensive to both of us,” Canestrino told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
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SOURCE: CBS New York