Perhaps feeling some pressure from state Democrats desperate to connect state Republicans to Donald Trump, state Senate President Pro Tem Len Fasano says the president should apologize for his comments asking why the United States should take in people from “shithole” countries.
Fasano issued a statement Friday morning saying, “The comments on immigration reported to have been said by the President are beyond inappropriate and offensive. The Republican Party is one of inclusivity and rooted in the core value of providing all people the opportunity to achieve the American dream. The statements reported yesterday fly in the face of what it means to be a Republican and an American. The president should apologize for these disrespectful and outrageous comments,” he said.
Not unlike attempts in Massachusetts to link Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to Trump, Connecticut Democrats and some media have been criticizing Fasano and others for failing to denounce Trump when warranted.
The (Manchester) Journal Inquirer has editorialized that, “State Senate leader Len Fasano and House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, Connecticut’s top Republicans, have apparently gone into seclusion when it comes to explaining to their constituency where they stand on the policies of their national party.”
Later, the same paper took aim at Fasano only with “Fasano must tear down his “‘wall of silence.’” The thought here is, sure, Fasano should call out the Trump administration when it goes off the rails (which is almost daily). But the try to link the reasonable, thoughtful Fasano to the policies of Trump is rather silly. The best Connecticut Democrats could do was to try to say another Republican somehow spoke for Fasano. No one is buying it. Nobody.