The Republican Party of Minnesota accused Democrats of offering "subtle support for ISIS" in an email sent this afternoon.
The email from the Republican Party of Minnesota was in response to a recent controversy over a tweet sent by a Minnesota DFL legislative candidate who wrote "ISIS isn’t necessarily evil."
Dan Kimmel, who was a candidate against Rep. Drew Christensen, R-Burnsville, sent his tweet on Saturday evening about ISIS, which is also known as the Islamic State and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
After being denounced by Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin and being told to end his campaign by Rep, Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, the top Democrat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, Kimmel announced on Sunday morning he was quitting the race.
The Republican Party of Minnesota's email claimed Democrats were "disregarding the threat" of ISIS, adding:
Kimmel's comment appears to be a symptom of the Democrats' broader disregard for the ISIS threat, or perhaps even a subtle support for ISIS as some legitimate organization despite its atrocities.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for a series of recent terrorist attacks in Paris which killed 129 people and injured 352. ISIS is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States and the United Nations.
Republican Party of Minnesota Chair Keith Downey and Deputy Chair Chris Fields did not respond to an email requesting a comment about the party's email on ISIS.
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