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Senator Scott Wagner says George Soros rant not racist

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 29, 2017 4:04 AM
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FILE PHOTO: State Sen. Scott Wagner addresses the crowd during a Veterans Day breakfast. (Photo: Jason Plotkin, York Daily Record)

(York) -- A York County state senator seeking next year's Republican nomination for governor says he doesn't plan to apologize for calling billionaire Democratic donor George Soros "a Hungarian Jew" with "a hatred for America."

Republican Senator Scott Wagner has told the York Daily Record that "everybody's getting their knickers around their ankles over this and there's no reason for that."

Wagner's comments were recorded by an opposition tracker at a tomato festival in Pittston last week.

He says if Soros was Catholic, he'd have called him a Hungarian Catholic, and meant no offense by it.

The state Democratic Party described Wagner's comments as anti-Semitic.

Wagner says his comments weren't meant to be disrespectful or racist and notes he has a long record of donating to the York Jewish Community Center.

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