Statement from Governor Larry Hogan on Racist Demonstrations
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today issued the following statement on planned white supremacist demonstrations in Virginia and Washington, D.C.:
“Hate has no place in our society, and these white supremacists and the racism and bigotry they spew are not welcome in our state – today, this weekend, or ever. As we face this invasion of vile and perverted ideology infesting our region, we stand united in our conviction that a diverse and inclusive Maryland is a stronger Maryland.
“In Maryland, people of all backgrounds and beliefs can make a home, and this diversity is celebrated throughout our state. That will never change as long as I am governor.
“We stand ready to provide any needed assistance to our regional partners as they prepare to deal with the ramifications of these despicable rallies. I have directed state agencies, including the Maryland State Police, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, to coordinate efforts with their D.C. and Virginia counterparts to ensure the safety of all of our citizens.”