MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan says she has been the target of racist and sexist attacks from fellow Republicans.

Carnahan posted on her personal Facebook page on Friday that some GOP leaders around the state have called her “a stupid Asian not even born in America” and used racial slurs, the Star Tribune reported. Carnahan was born in South Korea and adopted by Minnesota parents. The newspaper posted a screenshot of her post .

Carnahan told the newspaper that the remarks are “starting to get to me,” but declined to identify who attacked her. She said was merely venting on her personal page and thanking her father for his support after she reached out to him for advice.

Carnahan said on Facebook that she receives hate-filled email and social media messages on a daily basis. She wrote that she was confronted at President Donald Trump’s rally in Duluth this past week, where she said she was told she is “disgusting.” She said she has received emails telling her she is “not worth a penny” and should “crawl back into a hole and stay there,” and that she deserves to make less money than her male predecessors.

Democrats blame Trump for unleashing a new era of racial division. Carnahan, whose term ends next year, rejects that idea.

“I told (Trump) I want to run again to be chair because I want to deliver the state to you in 2020,” Carnahan said. “If I thought he was a racist or that anything he did was stoking racial divisions, I wouldn’t want to work on his behalf because I’ve had to deal with racism my entire life.”

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  1. Elle Paris says:

    I had the privilige of actually getting into the rally on Wednesday after waiting in line for about 6 1/2 hours. There were thousands who couldn’t get it. Anyway, Jennifer Carnahan spoke at the rally and it was the first time I had heard her speak. WOW! She is a fantastic speaker. Would be great to hear more from her. I’m sorry for her experience, but I’m thankful she is where she is and is a great role model for my self and my kids (who were also thrilled with her speech).

    Unfortunately there are people (definately in the minority..but very vocal and threatening) who are always looking to ‘demonize and destroy’ people rather than civily discuss their differences. We need leaders to stand up and raise the bar. Couldn’t believe what happened to the Loui Cafe owners after they hosted Fox and Friends Thursday morning. They had a nice civil conversation with those who agree and disagree with Trump. Look folks, let’s try and have some civil discussions, this is a great way to learn from others, to examine why we believe or think the way we think. Nothing shuts down a conversation than a personal attack.

    This is one of the times where you are either part of the solution or part of the problem. Choose your words and actions wisely.

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