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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Cole and Mullin Condemn Hateful Vandalism

March 28, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) and Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) reacted after images surfaced of hateful and racist vandalism in two Oklahoma City locations. Today, both the Chickasaw Nation’s Oklahoma City Area Office and the Oklahoma Democratic Party headquarters were vandalized.

“I am appalled by these destructive acts of hate, and I strongly condemn both counts which took place today,” said Cole. “As a member of the Chickasaw Nation, I am absolutely disgusted by the racist vandalism on my tribe’s Oklahoma City Area Office. I was also sickened by the incident at the Oklahoma Democratic Party headquarters. There is no place in our communities for such despicable symbols and language so clearly meant to threaten other human beings and those with differing points of view. In the days ahead, I have every confidence in our law enforcement to investigate and ensure justice is served.”

“There is no place in this country for hate,” said Mullin. “I am saddened to see such hate take place in the great state of Oklahoma. These actions at both the Oklahoma Democratic Party headquarters and the Chickasaw Nation Area Office are disgusting and will never be tolerated.” 

Cole and Mullin are two of the four Native Americans currently serving in Congress. Cole is a member of the Chickasaw Nation and Mullin is a member of the Cherokee Nation.