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Jan 31, 2017

For Immediate Release:
January 31, 2017
Annapolis, MD — Despite his attempts to dodge, Governor Larry Hogan is running out of excuses for his refusal to denounce Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims entering the country.
  • The effect is felt at home: The ban separated a 5-year-old boy – a US citizen and Maryland resident – from his mother at Dulles International Airport. While the boy was detained at Dulles airport, the Governor was nowhere to be seen.
  • That’s in addition to local advocacy organizations reporting that the ban was already targeting Maryland residents and “tearing families apart.”
  • There is political cover: Of the three Republican governors up for re-election considered “vulnerable” in blue states this cycle, two have condemned Trump’s ban. Not Larry Hogan.
  • That doesn’t include the growing list of Republicans in Washington coming down against Trump’s ban.
So what is holding Governor Hogan back? Perhaps Hogan simply agrees with Trump but doesn’t want Marylanders to know.

In 2015, Hogan opposed welcoming refugees, “despite assurances from top U.S. officials and growing criticism from advocates who say his stance does not reflect American values.”

At the very least, Marylanders deserve answers from Hogan. The following statement was released by the Maryland Democratic Party’s executive director, Chuck Conner: 

“Governor Larry Hogan can play games, but the writing is clearly on the wall.

“Hogan’s continued unwillingness to denounce Trump’s dangerous, discriminatory and unconstitutional Muslim ban – despite the fact that it is already hurting Maryland families and there is political cover – must mean that he is for it. Marylanders deserve answers.

“Governor Hogan likes to say he’s disgusted with national politics, but it’s clear that he shares more un-American values with Donald Trump than what he lets on.”