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Assemblyman Jamel Holley. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe

Holley: Trump enabled racist remarks by school board official

Assemblyman calls for Daniel Leonard’s resignation

By Nikita Biryukov, July 26 2019 12:57 pm

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Assemblyman Jamel Holley blamed President Donald Trump for offensive posts targeting four progressive non-white congresswomen made by Toms River Regional School Board Member Daniel Leonard.

“This is a clear example of the game ‘follow the leader,’” Holley said. “The racist and personally degrading remarks we’ve heard out of the White House over the last week have given a false perception to many that it is acceptable to insult and threaten others even from an elected office.”

Trump has fasced fire over recent weeks over tweets suggesting the four congresswomen — Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — should “go back” to where they came from.

Save Omar, who emigrated to the United States from Somalia in 1992, the congresswoman were born in the country. All four are citizens of the United States.

Leonard’s posts on Facebook included statements saying his “life would be complete” if Tlaib, whose picture accompanied Leonard’s post, and the three other congresswomen died.

“This is not the America we’ve fought to become. These views cannot and should not be tolerated anywhere, including in Toms River,” Holley said. “The children of the school district and the care of their overall well-being should be a priority here. No elected official should be serving if their views and priorities are harmful to our democracy and those who work hard to righteously uphold its principles. Leonard should resign from his post immediately.”

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