A Republican Senate candidate in Michigan has responded to President Donald Trump’s criticism of him by saying the president is “a bigot.”
Marlene Klimas, a former Detroit school board member, said in an interview on Friday that the president’s comments on Friday at a rally at a lake in Flint, Mich., were “incredibly hateful.”
“I’m a Republican and I’m very proud of my party and I think our country is on the right path,” Klima said in the interview with MLive-Bay City News.
“I’m not saying I agree with the president.
I’m not, but I’m a supporter of the president and he’s a bigot.”
Trump has taken a tough line against Democrats who have criticized his administration’s handling of Flint, Michigan, and other areas affected by the lead-contaminated water crisis.
In September, Trump said he would support the state’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, who has said the state had the right to use lead-based paint to combat lead poisoning in its schools.
Klimas has also taken on the Trump administration in recent months, accusing the president of not having a full understanding of the water crisis in Flint.
She also said that while she did not think it was inappropriate for a person of Trump’s background to take a position on the Flint water crisis, it was an inappropriate one for a state employee.
“The president is a bigot,” Krimas said.
“The president said that Flint is the greatest city in the world and it’s a disgrace that they’ve let this go on for five years.”
Trump was reacting to an interview in the Sunday edition of NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, who said Krims views on Flint were “absolutely unacceptable.”
The interview was conducted before the first responders in Flint were forced to switch off the city’s water supply to save lives and avert a potentially fatal crisis, after the city became contaminated with lead in 2014.
Todd said Trump’s comments were not acceptable.
Krimas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.