Baraka Tells Newark Crowd that Trump Unwelcome at Newark Airport

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says that state guidelines regarding investigations into police misconduct are antiquated and need to permit independent civilian investigation. NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal recently said he supports the current policy, which diminishes the ability of Newark's Civilian Complaint Review Board to perform civilian investigations into complaints against police.

NEWARK – Appearing this morning before friends and allies with Governor Phil Murphy, Mayor Ras Baraka said President Donald J. Trump is not welcome at the local airport.

“It matters to us,” Baraka said to cheers on the heels of his home city performing at the polls in the rain on Tuesday, electing incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and dealing a Garden State loss to the president.

Appearing with Murphy this morning at the Greater Abyssinian Baptist Church, Baraka gave a fiery and impassioned speech – singling out Trump.

“This is not a joke,” said the mayor. “There are people who may not be offended this stuff, but we are. This is real for us. Unemployment is real for us. People getting killed in their churches and synagogues is real for us. This is not a joke. This is the real stuff. This is not business as usual for us. That’s why we showed out.

“We’re going to show the country what needs to happen,” the mayor added. “If no one else wants to get rid of Donald Trump, we’re going to show them how it’s done. He’s not welcome here. We don’t want him at the airport.”

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