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SC lawmaker to Donald Trump: Stay out of my state

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Winthrop University in Rock Hill on Friday.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Winthrop University in Rock Hill on Friday. AP

A S.C. lawmaker wants his own wall – for Donald Trump.

State Rep. John King, D-York, plans to introduce a resolution Tuesday saying the Republican presidential front-runner is not welcome in South Carolina after a Muslim woman was ejected from a campaign rally Friday in Rock Hill.

The resolution says, “Donald Trump is a race-baiting, xenophobic bigot and is not welcome in the state of South Carolina,” a description borrowed from U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, who made a similar statement about Trump on CNN in December.

Trump’s campaign did not return requests for comment Monday.

The resolution – the expression of an opinion – would not prevent Trump from entering the state if it passed, unlikely in the GOP-controlled S.C. House.

Rose Hamid, a flight attendant from Charlotte, was sitting behind Trump at Friday’s rally, wearing a Muslim headscarf called a hijab, a yellow star saying “Muslim” and a T-shirt saying “Salam, I come in peace.”

She told The Charlotte Observer that she stood in silent protest when Trump began talking about Syrian refugees and was asked to leave the rally by police after Trump supporters began chanting his name. As she left, Trump supporters jeered her, she said.

King says Rock Hill has a history of combating racism.

The city has the words “No Room For Racism” on its city-limit signs, King said. “Mr. Trump must have missed them on his way into town.”

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