Palmyra school board member defends anti-Trump tweets

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 22, 2016 9:20 AM

The Palmyra Area School District school board meeting became contentious Thursday evening, Nov. 17 when audience members used public comment time to discuss social media concerns. Board member Ralph Duquette, second from right, came under fire for his sometimes controversial tweets. Several parents called for his resignation for what they called "provocative," language.(Photo: Michael K. Dakota, Lebanon Daily)

(Palmyra) -- The lone Democrat on a Lebanon County school board is defending profanity-laced tweets criticizing president-elect Donald Trump on election night. 

Palmyra School Board member Ralph Duquette says he won't resign and plans to run for re-election despite criticism and calls for him to step down. 

Among the tweets Duquette sent are, "I hope the Trumpster bites you in the (expletive)'' and another in which Duquette used the F-word to call Trump a "flaming dumpster fire'' when the stock market dropped suddenly after Trump's victory.

The market rebounded to historic highs later in the day. 

School board officials say they have no authority over Duquette, though board president Christopher Connell called the tweets "unfortunate.''

According to the Lebanon Daily News, Duquette was asked last week to step down by parents concerned about the inflammatory comments.

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