Ahead of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's scheduled appearance in Manchester Township on Thursday, the Democratic Party of York County held a short news conference condemning his and Donald Trump's "divisive" campaign.

York City Council President Carol Hill-Evans, who is running for state representative in the 95th district, said Trump's campaign is not welcome in York County.

Hill-Evans pointed to Trump's "birtherism" movement, in which he made several requests for President Barack Obama to reveal his birth certificate to prove he was born in America.

Trump recently admitted that Obama is from America, and his campaign has claimed the movement stemmed from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2008, when she was facing off in the primaries against Obama.

Clinton's campaign has flatly denied those claims, and Hill-Evans said she is hurt that Trump has not shown any regret for "peddling his bigoted attack on our country's first black president."

Rick Bloomingdale, president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO union group, and Nate Rivera, a local Latino community leader, also spoke at the news conference in support of Clinton and against Trump.

Bloomingdale used his time to condemn state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-Spring Garden Township, who is hosting the Pence rally at his Penn Waste facility in Manchester Township.

Bloomingdale pointed to Wagner comparing union leaders to Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Putin in 2014 when he was trying to get his "paycheck protection" bill through the state Legislature.

"Although, given Trump's relationship with Putin, I'm not sure if he meant that as a compliment or attack now," he said.

Pence also has proven anti-union, Bloomingdale said, as Indiana became a "right-to-work" state under his leadership. Right-to-work laws prohibit union security agreements.

Read or Share this story: