MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An anti-Muslim post appeared on the official Facebook page of the Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party before quickly being deleted Monday evening.
The post called Rep. Keith Ellison a “raving, Louis Farrakhan supporting, anti-Semite, anti-white, racist and fascist American.”
The post criticized current 7th District Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, who took office in 1991.
Angry commenters took to the page to criticize the 7th District Republican Party.
Jennifer Carnahan, the newly elected chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, posted a statement on Facebook, calling for whoever posted the image to resign.
“The recent 7th Congressional District Republican facebook post is repugnant hate speech and in no way reflects the values of the Minnesota Republican Party, or the 7th Congressional District Republicans,” Carnahan said. “I have asked for the immediate resignation of the individual responsible for this action. As Chair, I will not tolerate such activity from anyone associated with our party.”
Later Monday evening, Carnahan tweeted the person responsible has resigned.
DFL Chairman Ken Martin also released a statement on the post.
“Just days after the newly-elected GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan proclaimed that people are “going to have a really hard time calling us the party of racists and sexists,” an official Minnesota Republican Party Facebook page featured a racist, hate-filled post about Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), referring to Muslims as “Goat Humpers.”
“The ignorance and bigotry displayed in this post is staggering and disheartening. Americans across the country have witnessed a disturbing increase in this type of threatening behavior and fear mongering since the election of Donald Trump, and now it seems the Minnesota Republican Party is embracing it all too much.
“Congressman Ellison has been a champion of inclusiveness in our state and across the country, and works tirelessly every day to make Minnesota a welcoming place for all, regardless of ethnicity or religion. This disgusting, racist and hateful sentiment has no place in Minnesota. Chairwoman Carnahan should be ashamed and owes an apology to Congressman Ellison and all Minnesotans.”