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Michigan Democratic chair: Trump supporters are racist

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The chairwoman of Michigan's Democratic Party says people who support President Donald Trump are racist. Lavora Barnes, who is African American, issued a statement late Sunday saying she won't remain silent because "uncomfortable" conversations must occur during protests over police killings of George Floyd and other black people. Trump has called demonstrators "thugs." On Monday, Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox said police must be held accountable for Floyd's death and African Americans too often are treated unfairly by law enforcement. But, she says, "calling over 2 million Michiganders 'racist' is unacceptable and only makes this tragedy worse."