- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 27, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - A local NAACP chapter in Delaware wants a Middletown councilman to step down because he attended rally for President Trump that preceded the Capitol riot.

The News Journal reported Wednesday that a photo shows Councilman Robert Stout standing in a crowd of Trump supporters on Washington’s National Mall on Jan. 6.

Stout wore a jacket with the official Middletown seal. The MOT Chapter of the NAACP said Stout misrepresented the people of Middletown by waring the jacket.

“He is a potential threat to this community by being a complicit participant to this insurrection and attempted seditious act to our U.S. Government and our democracy,” the organization said in a letter to the Middletown mayor and town council.

The letter also was sent to Gov. John Carney and state lawmakers.

Stout said he was there to hear Trump speak and denounced the violence that followed. He said he has concerns about the election, but does not support overturning it.

“Wednesday, Jan. 6 was a bad day for our country, our Capitol Building was unlawfully and violently breached, and all those responsible should be punished. Violence and unlawful behavior should never be tolerated. Period,” he said in a statement.

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