For­mer Gov. O’Mal­ley rips Trump as ‘bully racist’

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JESS NO­CERA

Cap­i­tal News Ser­vice

— Ex-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and for­mer Mary­land Gov. Martin O’Mal­ley on Wednes­day used some of the tough­est lan­guage of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion to tear into Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump.

“It’s time to put a bully racist in his place, and it’s time to put a strong woman in hers — the White House!” a shirt-sleeved O’Mal­ley told the roar­ing del­e­gates in the packed Wells Fargo Arena.

O’Mal­ley at­tacked Trump as an “im­mi­grant-bash­ing car­ni­val barker.”

“Hil­lary Clin­ton

PHILADEL­PHIA

un­der- stands the en­dur­ing sym­bol of Amer­ica is not a barbed wire fence. It is the Statue of Lib­erty,” the for­mer gover­nor said, mak­ing an ob­vi­ous dig at Trump’s pro­posal to build a wall on the bor­der of the United States and Mex­ico.

O’Mal­ley ad­dressed global warm­ing, mock­ing Trump’s claim that the Chi­nese in­vented the idea as hoax.

“If the Chi­nese were re­ally ca­pa­ble of de­sign­ing some kind of di­a­bol­i­cal farce to hurt Amer­ica, they wouldn’t in­vent global warm­ing. They’d in­vent Don­ald Trump,” O’Mal­ley de­clared.

On June 9, O’Mal­ley of­fi­cially en­dorsed Clin­ton, as did Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

O’Mal­ley has been us­ing tough lan­guage against Trump for a while. He even edited his pre­pared re­marks to add more fire to his as­sault on the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee.

In Fe­bru­ary, O’Mal­ley of­fi­cially ended his pres­i­den­tial bid af­ter a poor show­ing in the Iowa cau­cuses. Spec­u­la­tion has been cir­cu­lat­ing this week at the con­ven­tion over whether he will be­come the next chair­man of the party.

“...If they wanted me to be the DNC chair I would do it and do it well,” O’Mal­ley said in an in­ter­view with the Bos­ton Globe. “But I am sure I am not the only per- son who could do that job well.”

O’Mal­ley has had a long po­lit­i­cal ca­reer in Mary­land. He was the mayor of Bal­ti­more from 1999 to 2007 and then gover­nor of the state from 2007 to 2015.

“Some­one with that kind of ex­pe­ri­ence has a fu­ture in pol­i­tics or what­ever they want to do,” said Cather­ine Pugh, the Demo­cratic can­di­date for Bal­ti­more mayor. “It is up to O’Mal­ley to make that de­ci­sion.”

While he was in the gover­nor’s chair, O’Mal­ley es­poused pro­gres­sive is­sues, in­clud­ing back­ing a bal­lot ini­tia­tive that le­gal­ized same-sex mar­riage in 2012.

O’Mal­ley “ac­com­plished a lot of ground­break­ing things: same-sex mar­riage, re­peal­ing (the state’s) death penalty, and gun pro­tec­tion,” said Mary­land At­tor­ney Gen­eral Brian Frosh, a con­ven­tion del­e­gate. “I hope he stays ac­tive in pub­lic ser­vice.”

Joseph Kitchen, a del­e­gate from Fair­mount Heights, called O’Mal­ley a “strong pro­gres­sive cham­pion,” and said the ex-gover­nor would be a great party chair­man.

“He is the per­son in the party who can get both sides to come to­gether,” Kitchen said. “We need one per­son who both sides can agree with.”

Del­e­gate Brian Mor­ri­son, of Bethesda, said he thinks that hav­ing O’Mal­ley as the next DNC chair­man would be a “won­der­ful idea.” He added, “It worked for Tim Kaine to fur­ther his ca­reer.”

It’s “too bad the tim­ing didn’t work for him run­ning for pres­i­dent, but I think he still has a lot to of­fer the pub­lic,” said Mor­ri­son.

What­ever O’Mal­ley’s next move is — po­lit­i­cal or not — he is go­ing to go around the coun­try to cam­paign for Clin­ton, Mor­ri­son said af­ter speak­ing with O’Mal­ley.

“I know Hil­lary Clin­ton. I’ve worked along­side her. I’ve com­peted against her,” O’Mal­ley said in his speech to the DNC on Wednes­day. “Hil­lary Clin­ton is as tough as they come.”

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