DFL Chair Ken Martin statement on Donald Trump’s ignorant and bigoted remarks about Minnesota’s Somali community

“Today Donald Trump attacked Minnesota’s Somali community at his rally at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. Minnesotans reject Donald Trump’s hateful and bigoted comments about our Somali friends and neighbors and this kind of rhetoric has no place in our state. The contributions of Somali Americans to our state have been tremendous and should be celebrated. Minnesota is a place that has always welcomed those that have come seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

Kurt Daudt, Keith Downey and the rest of Minnesota Republicans should immediately condemn this kind of divisive talk that only serves to weaken us. We will not let Donald Trump and other Republicans tear apart our communities based on fear, bigotry and ignorance. We are stronger together. We always have been and always will be. ”

At his rally in Minnesota today Donald Trump said Minnesotans had “suffered enough” from accepting Somali immigrants into Minnesota, saying:

“Here in Minnesota you have seen firsthand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state, without your knowledge, without your support or approval.”

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