South Carolina state Rep. John King (D) said over the weekend that he would introduce a resolution declaring that Donald Trump was “not welcome” in the state.
At a rally in Rock Hill on Friday, Trump campaign staff had removed a Muslim woman who was protesting silently.
On Saturday, King said that he was “sick to his stomach” at Trump’s treatment of the woman. According to The Herald, King planned to file the resolution against Trump on Monday to take a stand on behalf of the residents of York County and all of South Carolina.
“Donald Trump is a race-baiting, xenophobic bigot and is not welcome in the state of South Carolina,” the proposed resolution read, echoing the words of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
King noted that many Trump supporters had probably never met a Muslim prior to Friday’s rally, and that most of their knowledge about Muslims was “what they heard on Fox News.”
“Trump plays to their fears,” the lawmaker pointed out.
In a statement, King said that he expected bipartisan support for his resolution.
“Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much in South Carolina, but most of us agree that Donald Trump is an embarrassment to our country’s political process and stands contrary to the beliefs of our Founding Fathers and the values of the United States Constitution,” the statement explained. “Why would we welcome someone to our great state when even our senior Republican U.S. senator agrees that Donald Trump is nothing more than a modern day George Wallace who preys on people’s fears and prejudices.”
“It’s time to stand up to this big mouthed bigot once and for all by announcing that he is no longer welcome in the Palmetto State,” King added.