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Utah’s U.S. senators, representatives decry Salt Lake Tribune’s Rep. Burgess Owens cartoon as ‘repugnant’; seek ‘formal apology’



Utah— Utah’s U.S. Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney, and Representatives Chris Stewart, John Curtis and Blake Moore, have released a joint statement asking The Salt Lake Tribune to take down a cartoon that appears to compare Rep. Burgess Owens to a member of the Ku Klux Klan after his reactions during a recent visit to the nation’s southern border.

“The Salt Lake Tribune recently published a repugnant ‘cartoon’ comparing Congressman Burgess Owens, our esteemed colleague and only black member of the Utah delegation, to a member of the Ku Klux Klan,” the statement says.

“This racially charged, perverse political statement is beyond the pale. We ask that The Salt Lake Tribune immediately take down this horrific image, issue a formal apology, and hold themselves to a higher standard.”