MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A popular Minneapolis nightclub has closed after much of its staff quit amid an uproar over the owner’s donation of $500 to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s 2016 U.S. Senate campaign.

The backlash erupted last week after the Minneapolis weekly City Pages revealed that Club Jager owner Julius De Roma contributed to Duke’s failed bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana. Several employees quit; some regular performers canceled standing gigs. Managers closed the bar Thursday.

De Roma told WCCO-TV his donation was “basically free speech” and that the controversy had been blown up beyond what it should be.

A Chinese restaurant in Santa Cruz, California, closed its doors after 40 years in business last week amid the backlash over revelations that its owner also donated to Duke.

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Comments (8)
  1. shouldave gave da money to da clan wit a tan or da $plc !

  2. Hypocrites and Terrorists. This is what you are seeing. Liberals are nothing but frauds. Lying to everyone else and always lying to themselves. All these minorities and mudsharks (bartender Drea Kingston) never say a word, but rather promote racist and violent groups like Black Lies Matter, New Black Panthers. Never say a word about their own Democrat politicians who stoke racial flames 24/7 like Mark Dayton, Betsy Hodges, Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Keith Ellison, Tim Walz, Rick Nolan, Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum and the list goes on and on.

  3. Jean James says:

    As I said on another site;
    In my opinion, this person is free to donate his money to whomever or whatever he wishes.
    However, that also means that rest of us are free to work and play wherever we wish.

    Mr. Trump, America already IS great, and these two freedoms prove it.

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