Black Ohioans Are Paying The Price For Donald Trump’s Divisive Rhetoric And Feckless, Chaotic Coronavirus Response

COLUMBUS — In response to Vice President Joe Biden releasing his plan to build back better by advancing racial equity across the American economy, the Ohio Democratic Party today released the following statements:

From Ohio Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Rhine McLin:

“In 2016, former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke called Donald Trump’s victory a win for ‘our people.’ In 2017, Trump claimed there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ when neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville. Last summer Trump tweeted that four Congresswomen — all women of color — should ‘go back’ to where they came from. And just last month Trump tweeted his support for ‘great people’ — one of whom was on video chanting ‘white power.’

“At some point, we have to call this what it is — racism, plain and simple. Trump’s beliefs have been on display his entire adult life, whether it was his racist attacks on the Exonerated Central Park Five, his baseless conspiracy theories about our first Black president or his history of discrimination as a businessman. Our country cannot take four more years of Trump, and Black Ohioans definitely cannot take another four years of Trump’s hate-filled Twitter rants and tacit support for white supremacy. We’ve had enough. It’s time to put Joe Biden in the White House.”

From Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President Stephanie Howse:

“The coronavirus pandemic and its disproportionate impact on Black Ohioans is Exhibit A for why we have been saying that racism is a public health crisis. Donald Trump has done nothing to address the concerns of Black Ohioans; in fact, his reckless and chaotic response to the coronavirus crisis has led to thousands of needless deaths, particularly in African-American communities. Trump’s divisive rhetoric around police violence and aggressive response to largely peaceful protests has made Black Ohioans less safe in their homes and neighborhoods.

Donald Trump’s lame attempts to change the subject about police violence against Black Americans won’t distract us. We see what his administration is doing to undercut fair housing. We see what his administration is doing to eliminate affirmative action. This election is life or death for Black Ohioans, and we will be turning out in record numbers to stop Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden this November.”