Local Democrats are using some of Donald Trump's statements to attack local Republicans, saying candidates on this year's ballot should be distancing themselves away from a man who says he may not accept the results of the election if he loses.
Led by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, a gaggle of Democrats turned out Thursday to attack leaders and candidates who are sticking by the controversial presidential nominee.
Brown, who is also the state Democratic Chairman, says Trump's potential refusal to accept the result of the elections is unacceptable.
"When a major presidential nominee, the Republican nominee for president. says that he might not accept the results of the election, he might not accept the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next, that is a real threat to our democracy and it's a real threat to our country," Brown said.
Democratic chairman Jeremy Zellner acknowledged Trump's "outsider" appeal, but blasted the nominee for the statements he has made throughout the campaign.
"He's also a bigot, a sexist, a xenophobe and he also has torn apart our democracy," Zellner said. "That is not acceptable and you're going to see a big change, I think, in the next three weeks."
"When Donald Trump had the audacity to stand before the American people and the world and say, I may not accept these election results, he's putting our Constitution at risk. And who knows what could happen afterwards> That's the final straw. It's bad enough they've been standing back and supporting him as he says all these horrible things. But, now they're standing back and saying nothing when he's basically saying he's more important than our Constitution," Poloncarz added.
Also present for the press conference were Sen. Tim Kennedy and Senate candidate Amber Small.
Rep. Chris Collins is one of the most prominent backers of Trump and Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy has strongly backed the Manhattan developer. Langworthy called the press conference "politics."
"Phony outrage from local Democrats is laughable. I would challenge the county executive, go back to work. The people of Erie County don't pay him to be a political mouthpiece for Hillary Clinton. The people of Erie County pay him to do his job. Maybe he should spend some more time fixing roads or perhaps improving the finances or our county or maybe even fixing the problems that still exist today at Child Protective Services," Langworthy told WBFO.
Langworthy says Poloncarz should be aware many of his constituents, perhaps a majority, back Trump. He added he does not agree with Trump's stance on not accepting the results, articulated in this week's final presidential debate.