“Off with their heads” may seem like something you’d read in a book or perhaps hear about in a documentary about the French Revolution, but it has new meaning for one Democrat today.
A member of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor party recently shares a post on Facebook suggesting that Republicans be led “to the guillotines” the day after November’s midterm elections. According to the Associated Press, William Davis, a spokesman for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party posted a to-do list, that included: “11.7 — bring them to the guillotines.”
Corey Day, executive director of the progressive group said the past was later deleted and that it was part of an inside joke. Not surprisingly, the Republican targets of the joke failed to see the humor. Davis received a “working suspension” for a week to chastise him for the death threats and call for violence to others in the opposing party.
The post was part of a longer diatribe about getting rid of Republicans (legally, via voting) on Facebook; Davis’s post about the guillotines has since been deleted.
What did the proposed targets of the post have to say? Most were not thrilled – while no one expects guillotines to be erected anytime soon, this type of post could lead to violence against GOP candidates and even Republican voters at the polls this November. Fear of violence could even keep voters from turning out in these key races – so the “joke” could have a lasting and significant impact to the state of Minnesota.
According to local television station KAAL-TV, the candidate for Minnesota Attorney General Doug Wardlow had this to say about the “joke”:
“That kind of incendiary rhetoric is completely inappropriate. It’s disgusting. It debases our public discourse and it’s the kind of language that could even insight violence. It’s completely inappropriate. We called on the DFL to terminate Mr. Davis’ employment. We need to make sure we aren’t engaging in any of this back and forth in civil discourse. It’s inappropriate.”
This progressive group is about 85 years old and is focused on electing “progressive leaders” and promoting the progressive agenda in Minnesota. Formed in the 1920s, the DFL site states a goal of electing strong progressive leaders to Minnesota’s state legislature and to other key roles in the state.
While the DFL took steps to sanction Davis, they also avoided commenting on their Facebook page or apologizing to the GOP candidates or the public for the incendiary remarks. The current Facebook page is a steady stream of accusations and profiles of the “bad guys and girls ” of the Republican Party — basically those running against progressives this November. Davis returns to work next week.
~ Conservative Zone