DFL Chairman Ken Martin Statement on Republican Representative’s Hateful Tweet

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party Chairman Ken Martin today issued the following statement in response to a hateful tweet by Republican Representative Mary Franson. Following Tuesday’s historic election of openly transgender candidates to office in Minnesota and across the country, Franson tweeted, “A guy who thinks he’s a girl is still a guy with a mental condition.”

“Minnesota made history Tuesday night. Voters elected the first two openly transgender African-American candidates to City Council in the nation. Republican Representative Franson’s hurtful remarks attempt to cheapen this historic victory and take the wind out of the sails of equality. We won’t let that happen.”

“In the face of divisive rhetoric at the national level, Minnesotans are doubling down in our efforts to ensure the diversity of our government reflects the diversity of our people. We are immensely proud of Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham. We know they will work tirelessly to serve the people they represent equally and without prejudice, unlike Representative Franson.”

Rep. Franson issued a non-apology Thursday night, saying “I should have shown grace and not come across the way I did. For that I apologize. I do not apologize for not conforming to the PC world where I’m supposed to go along with fantasy and participate in it.” Screenshot attached.


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