Ferguson condemns UP MAGA rally rhetoric 'disturbing, insulting, dangerous'

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

US Congressional candidate Dana Ferguson responds to Trump rally in Houghton County

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The rhetoric used by my opponent this evening while in Houghton County at Donald Trump Jr.’s event was disturbing. My opponent called everyone but his supporters radical lunatic leftists. This is a far cry from his so-called “positive message,” and is not indicative of unity.

Donald Trump Jr.’s mockery of LGBTQ+ individuals was profoundly insulting to many residents and I deeply condemn politicking on this type of division.

When someone speaks of uniting differences, you expect to hear certain words. When they say they’re working towards a future of which we can be proud, you expect to see certain actions. Our representative is supposed to be of and by the people. Calling half of his constituency “radical lunatics” is demagoguery.

The event did not follow CDC guidelines in a location where COVID-19 cases are at alarming rates. Our leaders should be doing the right thing, and that means following the guidelines set in place by health professionals to keep our communities safe.

We are still in the midst of a pandemic and I continue to remind residents to adhere to social distancing and wear masks. The rhetoric and tone of this event was extraordinarily disappointing, and potentially dangerous.

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