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Dewine Condemns Hate Groups, Won't Distance Himself From Trump

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Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

President Donald Trump didn't distance himself from hate groups  Tuesday night in Cleveland.  But Ohio governor Mike DeWine has.  

At a coronavirus press conference DeWine called out divisive beliefs on the right and left, saying "hate sickens me".

"White supremacists know only hate.  Anti-semites know only hate.  And we could go on and on. It sickens me that there are people in this country that perpetrate this hate, violence, and they work to divide us."

DeWine is assuring Ohioans that the state's election system is fair and secure, despite the doubt Trump cast during the debate on the upcoming election.  And the governor refused to criticize the president. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.

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Gov. Mike DeWine spoke out against white supremacy, ensured voting was secure, and said the results would be accepted. These run counter to what President Donald Trump said in the first presidential debate.

However, DeWine refused to acknowledge the president's role in causing misinformation and concerns about a potential peaceful transition.

 

"We'll continue to speak out against anything that disrupts the fairness of an election. We'll continue to speak out against hatred and violence. That's what my job is, my job is not, every single day, to critique the president of the United States."

 

When pressed on if he's ready to stand against either Trump or Joe Biden if a potential constitutional crisis arises, DeWine said "absolutely."

 

 

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