A Democratic candidate for U.S. House and a liberal activist group said Tuesday Pennsylvania Republicans should dump Donald Trump as the speaker at a party fundraiser after the mogul proposed a "total and complete" ban on Muslims entering the U.S.
The party is standing by its man.
"Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker at our Friday fundraiser in New York," Pennsylvania GOP spokeswoman Megan Sweeney said.
Daniel Muroff, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah in the Democratic primary in the Second District in Philadelphia, and the group Keystone Progress both issued statements calling on the state GOP to dis-invite Trump, who is scheduled to appear Friday at the party's annual fundraising luncheon during the Pennsylvania Society festivities in Manhattan.
"While his previous behavior should have disqualified Donald Trump from headlining a fundraiser on behalf of the Pennsylvania Republican party, Mr. Trump's recent statement that the United States should enact a full travel ban on Muslims is unequivocally fascist," Muroff said. "The PA GOP should rescind Trump's invitation and should instead work to combat the hate that Trump has flamed."
Said Keystone Progress executive director Michael Morrill: "If the Pennsylvania Republican Party does not disinvite Trump they are sending a message to all Pennsylvanians that they agree with Trump's religious bigotry."
And Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Democratic primary¸ issued a statement calling Trump a "jagoff," Pittsburgh patois for a stupid, incompetent or boorish person.