PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Dan McKee announced Sunday he has canceled a fundraising event that was supposed to be co-hosted by a supporter of former President Donald Trump.
The event on Wednesday was set to be co-hosted by Jerry Zarrella, who co-chaired Trump’s re-election campaign in Rhode Island last year.
“I do not want to be associated with Donald Trump in any way, shape or form,” McKee said in a statement. “I do not like Trump…he is dishonest, divisive, and his ‘Big Lie’ is a threat to our democracy.”
McKee continued saying, “there is no place for a Trump spokesperson to co-host any event I am involved in.”
12 News spoke to Zarrella over the phone Sunday. “I think he missed a good opportunity to reach out to Democrats who supported Trump,” Zarrella said of McKee.
He added, “We can work left, right, and in the middle, no hard feelings.”