Manchester, NH — Today a group of climate activists confronted Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), who is up for re-election in November, at the Corporate 5K Road Race in Manchester about her support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The group joined Ayotte wearing masks of Trump’s face.
“Kelly Ayotte can’t run from her Trump problem, and she can’t have it both ways,” said Becky Wasserman, New Hampshire Statewide Organizer for 350 Action. “By supporting Trump, she’s supporting racism, climate denial, and violence. Voters need to reject Trump and reject Ayotte.”
Ayotte is the only Republican senator left in New England who still supports Trump. This week, Ayotte attempted to explain her support for Trump, saying that she both disagrees with him and supports his presidential campaign. Fellow Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine recently withdrew her support for Trump in an op-ed in The Washington Post, writing, “Mr. Trump’s lack of self-restraint and his barrage of ill-informed comments would make an already perilous world even more so.” Trump drew widespread criticism this week when he appeared to encourage violence against his political opponent, Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Activists called Ayotte’s sincerity on environmental issues into question, pointing out that Trump has called climate change a “hoax,” and has said he would “cancel the Paris Climate Agreement” signed by the Obama Administration. Trump also pledged to roll back regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency on the fossil fuel industry.