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Gov. Hogan responds to Rockeymoore Cummings' "Dog Whistle, White Nationalist" remarks

Posted at 2:03 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 15:17:42-05

BALTIMORE — Governor Larry Hogan and Maya Rockeymoore Cummings have renewed a heated exchange of words, over her past comments calling Hogan a "dog whistle white nationalist."

Back in March, while addressing speculation about a potential 2020 presidential run, Hogan compared his outlook on politics to former President Ronald Reagan.

Those comments prompted a response from Rockeymoore Cummings, who was Chairwoman of the Maryland Democratic Party at the time.

"With this, Larry Hogan promises to be a dog whistle white nationalist instead of a Trumpian white nationalist. This is a cold comfort when what the world needs is love & Unity," Rockeymoore Cummings tweeted.

On Tuesday, Rockeymoore Cummings stood by her March comments during a campaign kickoff event for her late husband, Elijah Cummings, 7th Congressional seat.

"He said that Ronald Regan was his mentor. Since that time, we've learned that actually, Ronald Reagan actually called black people monkeys. People weren't familiar with Ronald Reagan's history, the fact that he didn't stand for the Civil Rights Act, the fact that he actually did have prejudice toward people of color. So, I think that Governor Hogan needs to actually rescind those remarks, and I stand by what I said," Rockeymoore Cummings said.

Hogan's office was quick to respond Wednesday, saying Rockeymoore Cummings discredits herself when using such hateful divisive rhetoric towards the Governor.

“Governor Hogan simply said he believes in the Reaganesque vision of a bigger tent and more inclusive politics. Clearly, Dr. Cummings does not, and she continues to discredit herself by slandering the governor with the kind of hateful, divisive rhetoric that he has repeatedly spoken out against. She owes Governor Hogan and his family an apology."

Rockeymoore Cummings resigned from her position as Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party on Monday, making way for her official run for Congress.