Gov. McKee wants you to know that you’re deplorable.
The 199,922 Rhode Islanders who voted for President Trump (and probably tens of thousands more who supported him but did not vote) have good cause to wonder whether the governor of the State of Rhode Island cares about their lives and interests.
When Dan McKee found out that somebody hosting a fundraiser for him, Jerry Zarrella, had been a Rhode Island chair of the Trump campaign — or at least when somebody made an issue of it — he didn’t just gracefully bow out so as to disassociate himself from Trump while remaining respectful of one-fifth or more of his constituents. (Forget about a unifying statement about representing all Rhode Islanders and welcoming a broad coalition of support.) He put out the following extremely aggressive statement, as John DePetro reports:
Once I became aware on Friday afternoon of the details of a fundraising event set for next Wednesday, I asked that the event be cancelled.
I do not want to be associated with Donald Trump in any way, shape, or form. I do not like Trump…he is dishonest, divisive, and his “Big Lie” is a threat to our democracy.
There is no place for a Trump spokesperson to co-host any event I am involved in.
Hey, McKee: you’re the governor; everything isn’t about you. You know who’s “divisive?” Daniel McKee. Zarrella isn’t Trump, and McKee is participating in one of the most destructive tendencies of “cancel culture” — criminalizing ordinary political engagement.
What other events that the governor of Rhode Island is “involved in” count, by the way? If a Rhode Islander accomplishes something that attracts recognition — a business expands, say, or a student achieves something spectacular — and progressive journalists ferret out incriminating evidence that he or she supported President Trump, will they no longer count as worthy of his Eminence’s presence at an event?
Just to be safe, Rhode Islanders should begin refusing to participate in any events involving McKee.