Blue state Dem in hot water for racial slur sets new record in Senate primary

Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, who was recently accused of using derogatory language toward black people during a House hearing, is officially a privately-funded candidate in the largest Senate primary in U.S. history.

Trone has confirmed to Fox News that he donated $18.5 million of his own money to his Maryland Senate campaign. In total, he brought in more than $40 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In the recorded history of Senate primaries, no candidate running in a Senate primary has donated this much money.

“David Trone has made it clear that he is prepared to do whatever it takes to defeat Larry Hogan in November and protect the Democratic Senate majority,” Tron’s campaign said in a statement. “There has never been a more important time to take the fight directly to Mitch McConnell, Larry Hogan, and Donald Trump, as national Republicans and right-wing donors flood Maryland with donations to Hogan. David Tron is the best candidate.”

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Rep. David Tron (D-Md.) arrived at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 18, 2024, before the House voted to continue funding the government through March. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc)

Trone recently uttered a racial slur while speaking about tax policy at a House Budget Committee hearing in March, later admitting he had said it but saying he had meant to use a different word.

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“So this Republican jigaboo is saying that it’s the tax rate that’s holding back business investment. It’s completely the fault of people who have never run a business,” Tron said at the hearing. “They’ve never been there. They have no idea what they’re talking about.”

“I recognize that I have privilege as a white person, and as an elected official, I am responsible for the words I use, especially in this current climate,” Tron told Fox News Digital. “Nonetheless, I apologized for this comment,” he told Fox News Digital. Considering what I was trying to say, I shouldn’t have used that word. ”

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (left) and Congressman David Trone (D-Maryland) (Getty Images)

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Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., following controversial comments. Yvette Clark, DN.Y. Gregory Meeks, DN.Y. Ohio Democratic Party, Joyce Beatty. Texas Democratic Party member Jasmine Crockett announced that she will support Trone’s opponent in the Democratic primary in Maryland.

A spokesperson for Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.), who is leading Maryland’s Republican Senate primary, told Fox News Digital, “Mr. Hogan will continue to meet Marylanders where they are. “There is a possibility that we will outspend our spending, but we will not lose this election campaign.”

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Governor Larry Hogan is leading Maryland’s Republican Senate primary. (Fox News Digital)

“Following Governor Hogan’s direct-to-voter bus tour in every part of the state, we are excited to host a grassroots family barbecue with hundreds of supporters, with tickets starting at $50 and free for children 12 and under. “There are,” said Blake Kernan, press secretary for Governor Hogan. The Senate campaign told Fox in a statement.

“Governor Hogan will continue to meet Marylanders where they are, and while he may outspend, he will not lose this race.”


Although Tron is leading in the Democratic primary, he is likely to face Republican candidate Hogan on the general election ballot. The latest Washington Post/University of Maryland poll released in March shows Mr. Hogan leading the race against Mr. Tron by a double-digit margin.

FOX News’ Brandon Gillespie contributed to this report.