Democrat Maryland Senate candidates Angela Alsobrooks and Rep. David Trone (Getty Images)

Black lawmakers reject Democrat frontrunner in tight Senate race after use of racial slur

Maryland Rep. David Trone said he meant to use a different term other than the one uttered during a congressional hearing last week

By Brandon Gillespie Fox News

Democrat frontrunner in tight Senate race drops racial slur during House hearing

Rep. David Trone, D-Md., the Democrat frontrunner in Maryland’s contentious Senate race, dropped a racial slur during a House Budget Committee hearing.

A number of Black lawmakers have chosen not to endorse one of their Democrat colleagues running in what could be one of the most closely watched Senate races this year after he used a racial slur last week.

During Thursday’s House Budget Committee hearing, Democrat Rep. David Trone, who is running to replace retiring Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, used the word “jigaboo,” a disparaging term for Black people, while speaking about tax policy with Shalanda Young, the director of the Office of Budget and Management, who was testifying before the committee.

“So this Republican jigaboo that – it’s the tax rate that’s stopping business investment, it’s just completely faulty by people who have never run a business,” he said. “They’ve never been there. They don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.”

Despite apologizing and claiming he misspoke, meaning to use the term “bugaboo,” Reps., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, and Jasmine Crockett, D-Texas, who are all Black, announced their support for Trone’s Democrat primary opponent, Price George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, Axios first reported Monday.

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