​While in Newport last weekend for a fundraiser for Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton,  Senator Tim Kaine took time out of his visit to stop by Touro Synagogue and reflect on its significance.

Just days after his second visit in just the last few weeks, the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee shared the following on his Facebook Page.

During a campaign swing in Newport, Rhode Island, last week, we stumbled on the Touro Synagogue—the place President George Washington stopped 226 years ago to assert our country’s commitment to protecting religious freedom:

“For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”

Today, we’re facing a presidential candidate who has no conception of religious liberty—or civil liberty for that matter. Millions of Americans—not just Jews, but Muslims, LGBT Americans, those with disabilities—worry about their place in society and what Donald Trump’s divisive words mean for them. It’s wrong, and frankly, it’s un-American. We don’t need a president who will further divide us—we need one who will bring us together. And that’s exactly what Hillary Clinton will do.

Ryan M. Belmore

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