Harris criticizes MSEA over Trump comments

Posted at 3:58 PM, Apr 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-20 15:58:06-04

A day after the union representing most of the state’s teachers called for a stop to Donald Trump’s rally on the Eastern Shore, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris released a statement calling the union “undemocratic and hypocritical.”

The Maryland State Education Association on Tuesday asked the Worcester County school system to cancel Donald Trump’s rally Wednesday at Stephen Decatur High School.

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Harris’ statement reads in full:

The Maryland teachers’ union should be ashamed of their undemocratic and hypocritical protesting of Donald Trump’s event in Worcester County. Their protest is a national embarrassment to Marylanders. Stephen Decatur High School is a publicly owned forum and the hardworking taxpayers on the Eastern Shore deserve to hear from the leading Republican candidate for president, as well as any other candidate running for president. The very people who are supposed to be teaching our youth about our constitutionally protected First Amendment right to free speech are obstructing it. The Maryland teachers’ union is the real bully here, and I believe they should apologize to Mr. Trump, as well as the hardworking people of the Eastern Shore, who deserve to participate fully in the election process. I applaud the Worcester County school system for agreeing to host this historic event.

The rally begins at 7 p.m. 

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