MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota is condemning comments about Muslims a county GOP chair made on his Facebook page.

Big Stone County GOP Chair Jack Whitley called Muslims “parasites” and wrote “FRAG ‘EM!” when they travel to Mecca, slang for a fragmentation hand grenade.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on Thursday called on Republican leaders to repudiate Whitley’s comments.

In a statement, Minnesota GOP Chairman Keith Downey said Whitley’s comments “could not be further from the Republican Party’s beliefs.” Downey noted the party has endorsed its first Somali-American candidate for the Legislature.

Whitley told The Associated Press the comments were on his personal Facebook page and have “nothing to do with the GOP.”

Whitley’s comments were first reported by the Bluestem Prairie blog.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE