Louisiana Gubernatorial Candidates Respond to Trump’s Racist Tweets

On Wednesday, Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwards was joined by gubernatorial candidates Rep. Ralph Abraham, and Eddie Rispone in issuing responses to a series of racist tweets sent out by President Trump.

Trump had attacked four Congresswomen – all women of color, and three of whom were born in the United States – to “go back” to where they came from.

Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statement calling the President’s remarks “out of bounds,” saying “we ought to all aspire to better.” Edwards compared the President’s statements to those directed towards African American civil rights activists during the civil rights movement.


Meanwhile, Edwards’ Republican opponents Rep. Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone both supported Trump’s remarks.

“There’s no question that the members of Congress that (Trump) called out have absolutely said anti-American and anti-Semitic things,” Abraham wrote on Twitter. “I’ll pay for their tickets out of this country if they just tell me where they’d rather be.”

Eddie Rispone wrote on his Twitter, “(John Bel Edwards) showed his true colors today, attacking (Donald Trump) and siding with his America-bashing liberal allies who want open borders, sanctuary cities and socialism.”

The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn the President’s remarks as racist. It was the first censure of a sitting president in more than 100 years. The nonbinding resolution call’s Trump’s remarks “racist comments that have legitimized increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

Jenn Bentley is a freelance journalist and editor who publishes Wander N.O. More, a digital publication focused on the small businesses, events, people and projects that are the backbone of New Orleans. Her work has also been featured in publications such as The High Tech Society, FansShare, Yahoo News, Examiner.com, and others. Follow her on Twitter: @JennBentley_

Help Keep Big Easy Magazine Alive

Hey guys!

We’re so grateful to our friends, our families, our neighbors, and especially our readers for chipping in, sharing, and donating to the cause of local progressive media. Your support has lifted us up so much and will most assuredly not be lost or forgotten.

If you care about local independent progressive media in an era where multi-millionaires such as John Georges are monopolizing our local press, then please donate any amount you can to make our operation a success. We can do this! Do not give up.

What else can you do if you’ve already donated and can’t donate anymore? Share our content on Facebook and tell people about our fundraising operation. Call and email others who may be able to give. We believe in you because you believe in us and together we can ensure Big Easy Magazine becomes a progressive icon for New Orleans and an inspiration for the expansion of progressive media around the world.

Thank you,
Scott Ploof
Big Easy Magazine

Share this Article

Things to Do
Add Some Progress to Your Inbox
Big Easy Magazine sends weekly emails to keep you informed about what’s going on in our community and beyond.
We respect your privacy.