Ho­gan sug­gests Mary­land take ‘deep breath’ af­ter elec­tion

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - By Erin Cox ecox@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Eri­natTheSun

Gov. Larry Ho­gan, of­fer­ing rare pub­lic com­ments about the elec­tion of Repub­li­can Don­ald J. Trump, said Mon­day that “ev­ery­one ought to take a deep breath.”

The Repub­li­can gov­er­nor said he would not com­ment on the pres­i­dent-elect’s ap­point­ments, which have been crit­i­cized by se­nior Mary­land Democrats as “deeply trou­bling.”

He ad­dressed what Mary­land At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian E. Frosh called an “up­welling” of hate crimes by ac­knowl­edg­ing “some things are hap­pen­ing across the state.”

But he also said the Mary­land State Po­lice have re­ceived no re­ports about such in­ci­dents.

He said the only act of vi­o­lence he’s heard about in­volved a Trump sup­porter get­ting beaten up. Last week, a 15-year-old wear­ing a “Make Amer­i­can Great Again” hat was at­tacked at a Rockville High School while stu­dents protested Trump’s vic­tory.

Ho­gan was one of two Repub­li­can gover­nors to say pub­licly that he would not vote for Trump. He is­sued a state­ment af­ter the elec­tion sup­port­ing Trump and urg­ing unity, but Mon­day marked the first time he took ques­tions from re­porters.

“Ev­ery­one ought to just take a deep breath and give the new ad­min­is­tra­tion a chance,” Ho­gan said.

“He’s go­ing to take of­fice in a cou­ple of months, and we’re go­ing to see what he’s go­ing to do. Peo­ple have ev­ery right to protest peace­fully, but we’re not go­ing to stand for peo­ple break­ing the law.”

The gov­er­nor also ad­dressed dis­pute over a mes­sage that was retweeted by Bal­ti­more County schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Dal­las Dance. The tweet called for teach­ers to com­fort stu­dents who might feel alien­ated by Trump’s rhetoric. It men­tioned com­fort­ing “non­white” stu­dents, which sparked some Repub­li­can law­mak­ers to call for Dance’s res­ig­na­tion.

“I don’t think it was a very smart thing for him to do,” Ho­gan said, adding that some peo­ple “mis­in­ter­preted” the re­mark.

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