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CT Dems’ Reaction To Themis Klarides’s Endorsement Of Donald Trump

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Alynn Woischke released the following statement in response to House Republican Leader Themis Klarides’s endorsement of Donald Trump.

“With Donald Trump’s crushing victory in the Republican primary Tuesday, it is now clear where the Connecticut Republican Party stands. It is no longer the party of reasoned debate and moderation, but has fully transformed into the party of Trump.

“With House GOP Leader Themis Klarides standing firmly behind the party standard-bearer and channeling his hate-filled rhetoric, we have to ask whether she will follow Trump’s lead in pushing the caucus to adhere to Trumps policies.

“Under the leadership of Trump supporter Themis Klarides, would a GOP majority adopt Donald Trump’s extreme policies on Muslimswomen, andimmigrants? Connecticut deserves much better.”

Gov. Malloy, CT Dems’ Statements On Hillary Clinton’s Victory In The CT Primary

Hartford, Ct. – Gov. Dan Malloy, Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, and Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statements on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s victory in today’s Democratic presidential primary.

“Today Connecticut Democrats made the right choice,” said Governor Malloy. “Secretary Clinton is the right candidate to move our country forward and grow our economy from the middle out. As she has proved throughout her career, Hillary Clinton gets results, and I am proud to have endorsed her candidacy. I will continue to work hard to make sure she is elected President of the United States this November, and I urge all Connecticut Democrats to do the same. Together we can and will defeat Donald Trump and his extremist agenda.”

“I’d like to congratulate Hillary Clinton on a hard-fought and well-deserved victory,” said Lt. Gov. Wyman. “I have always admired Secretary Clinton’s unique ability to effect positive change, and I know that her policies and leadership will strengthen our communities and families. Connecticut Democrats understand that by uniting behind Secretary Clinton’s optimistic vision for the future of our country, we can not only defeat the GOP nominee, but we can build on President Obama’s legacy and move our country forward.”

“Congratulations to Secretary Clinton on her victory in today’s primary,” said Chairman Balletto. “She is a lifelong champion for the values we as Democrats hold dear. I also want to congratulate Senator Sanders on a hard-fought campaign here in Connecticut. The bottom line is that either of our Democratic candidates would build on President Obama’s successes and move our country forward, while Donald Trump and the Republicans would take us backwards.”

CT Dems’ Statement On Donald Trump’s Victory In The CT GOP Primary

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s victory in the Connecticut GOP primary.

“Donald Trump’s resounding victory in today’s primary is surprising to no one, but it is yet another reminder of just how extreme Connecticut’s Republican Party has become,” said Chairman Balletto. “From Trump’s win in the GOP’s straw poll, to House Minority Leader Themis Klarides’s full embrace of Trump, to tonight’sprimary results, it is clear that Donald Trump’s hateful, divisive message is now squarely in the mainstream of the state GOP.

“While Trump’s positions – punishing women for seeking abortions, banning entire religions from entering the country, and deporting 11 million immigrants – might sit well with the base of the Republican Party, they run counter to the views of the majority of Connecticut’s general electorate. And GOP candidates in our state will have to answer for their standard-bearer’s policy positions and rhetoric. Make no mistake, the Connecticut Republican Party is now officially the party of Trump.”

CT Dems’ Statement On Themis Klarides’s Speech At Trump Rally

Hartford, Ct. – Connecticut Democratic Party Executive Director Alynn Woischke released the following statement on the news that House Republican leader Themis Klarides has fully embraced Donald Trump by speaking at his Bridgeport rally, telling the crowd, [T]ake your deep hatred for Dan Malloy and put it over here for the next six months.”

“Themis Klarides’s embrace of Donald Trump shows just how extreme Connecticut’s GOP legislators have become. Trump has insulted people from all walks of life as he has attempted to divide our country for his own political gain. Representative Klarides’s remarks today are a page out of Trump’s playbook, and Republicans running for the legislature will now have to answer for Donald Trump’s policies and statements. Let me be very clear: the people of Connecticut deserve much, much better than Donald Trump and Themis Klarides.” 

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