Ben Jealous arrested in demonstration near White House; Baker speaks out on Trump

Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous was arrested at a DACA rally in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy video)

Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous was arrested Tuesday in Washington during an immigrants' rights demonstration, his campaign said.

The former NAACP president was participating in a rally in support of two immigration policies, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and temporary protected status, that it wants to see continued under the Trump administration, said Fernanda Durand, a spokeswoman for CASA, a group that helped organize the demonstration.


Jealous's spokesman, Kevin Harris, said Jealous was participating in a civil disobedience action when he was arrested. He said Jealous spoke at the rally and led a march around the White House.

"His actions today are consistent with his life-long work as a civil rights leader and community organizer, including his efforts to steer passage of the Maryland Dream Act," Harris said.

The U.S. Park Police, which made the arrest, could not immediately be reached for more details. Durand said about 25 people out of the 2,000 who attended the demonstration were arrested around 2:30 p.m.

Later, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, another Democratic candidate for governor, called on President Donald J. Trump to resign from office.

Baker released a statement Tuesday evening saying Trump "is unfit to serve the people of our country and should resign, effective immediately."

His comments came after the president, speaking at Trump Tower Tuesday, called events at the "Unite the Right" rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., a "horrible thing to watch," but emphasized that both sides — a group of white nationalists and a group protesting against them — acted irresponsibly.

"You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent," Trump said. "No one wants to say that, but I'll say it right now: You had a group on the other side that came charging in without a permit and they were very, very violent."

Baker said Trump's "actions have no place in the Oval Office."

"Empathizing with the message and mission of organizations linked to a bloody legacy of domestic terrorism, racist attacks, and antisemitic violence leaves too many citizens of this great nation with no confidence that their President honors or understands the responsibility of the office, or can assure application of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. … I contend we have gone far enough under President Trump and that he should resign for the good of the nation."

The Baltimore Sun's Alex Pyles contributed to this report.