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Philadelphia, PA – As numerous disturbing incidents of hate and violence continue to ensue across the country, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) visited with students at the University of Pennsylvania to reinforce his message that these acts of bigotry will not be tolerated. Student leaders spent an hour with the Senator discussing their personal reactions to the threatening messages targeting black students at the University.

“If the students around this table leave here today remembering only one thing, I hope it’s this: I stand with you,” Casey said. “As your United States Senator, as your elected representative, I commit to continue to fight to guard your safety and protect your rights. What occurred at Penn is not an isolated incident, I was deeply disturbed to hear about reports of incidents at Villanova, Council Rock in Bucks County and York County School of Technology, including other incidents across the country. The cowards who committed these acts do not represent the values of Pennsylvania or the American people. It’s incumbent upon all public officials, including the President-elect, to continuously condemn these acts of hate. The President of the United State must lead with moral authority and denounce racism and bigotry in the strongest terms.  I stand in solidarity with those communities as well, in addition to diverse communities throughout our state.”

Since the election, there has been an influx of reports of bigoted acts and violence across Pennsylvania and the entire country.