ATTLEBORO — Republican Senate candidate John Kingston lashed out at Sen. Elizabeth Warren Monday after she called President Trump a “racist bully.”

In a campaign visit to Attleboro, Kingston knocked Warren for resorting to “divisive rhetoric” on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“Senator Warren is the divider in chief of the Senate,” he said.

He faulted the Democrat for not using unifying words, saying he would work to bring people together if elected over her in November.

Warren’s remarks came at an MLK event in Boston.

“We face the challenge of an openly racist president of the United States. Donald Trump is a racist bully, and we know how to deal with bullies. We don’t back down. We don’t shut up. We fight back,” Warren said, according to Boston Magazine and other outlets.

Kingston would not say if he considers Trump to be racist or if the president’s rhetoric is sometimes racist. Instead, he focused solely on Warren.

Trump has been under fire lately for reportedly using harsh, vulgar language to describe Haiti and African countries and the immigrants who come from those places.

Trump’s comments last week came during talks on immigration and follow a number of other racially-charged comments by the president.

Kingston, a former executive at an investment firm, said he admires Democrats of the past such as Ted Kennedy and Tip O’Neill who were willing to work with Republicans.

Warren is not that kind of Democrat, he said, noting the U.S Chamber of Commerce calls her an extremist.

Despite touting his bipartisan credentials, Kingston could not name a living Democrat who he supports and could not remember the name of the member of Congress from his House district.

At first he said it was a Democrat from Cambridge, but the Winchester resident looked it up on the Internet and found he is represented by Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Melrose.

Kingston is known in the state party for financially supporting Republican candidates such as Jacob Ventura of Attleboro.

He left the Republican Party for a while in protest of Donald Trump being the nominee.

He is running against fellow Republicans Geoff Diehl, Beth Lindstrom, Darius Mitchell and Heidi Wellman in the primary, with the winner going on to run against Warren.

Jim Hand may be reached at 508-236-0399 or You can follow him on Twitter at @TSCpolitics.

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