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Wheeler denounces Trump as hateful, racist, sexist

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler denounced Donald Trump ahead of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's visit to Eugene.

Wheeler, a Democrat running for Portland mayor, released the following statement Friday morning in a campaign email:

"In Oregon, we work together. Republicans and Democrats have partnered to win landmark achievements for the people of this state. Neighbors join together to build up their communities. We're proud of what we achieve — and just as proud that when we disagree, that we can do so with civility and respect.

"Donald Trump divides people. Hate, sexism, racism, and violence define his message. I don't believe his views reflect American values and they don't reflect our values as Oregonians. His destructive politics have no place in Oregon."

Trump, the only major candidate now running for the Republican presidential nomination, is scheduled to appear at a campaign rally in Eugene Friday evening.