After a meme on Facebook that can only be described “gross” and “repugnant,” Minnesota’s state Republican Chair apologized to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) for a post calling the congressman “Minnesota’s Head Muslim Goat Humper.”
State Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan wrote the following on the Minnesota 7th Congressional District Republican Party Facebook Page:
According to sources, Rep. Carnahan would not reveal the person who made the post, but said they had “resigned immediately” and “no longer represent” the state’s Republican Party.
The original post was taken down hours after it had been made. However, according to a screenshot taken by GoMN, the caption cited conservative commentator David Horowitz and referred to Ellison as a “raving, Louis Farrakhan supporting, anti-Semite, anti-white, racist and fascist American.”
Ken Martin, the chair of Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, released a statement about the post saying:
“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.”
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) May 2, 2017