DFL Minority Leader Gains Twitter Fans, Could Lose Job After Questionable Statements

Twitter explodes in support for top DFLer following a statement that has led fellow lawmakers to call for her resignation.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Monday night’s debate on the protest legislation authored by Rep. Nick Zerwas (R-Elk River) led to a contentious exchange between Republicans and Democrats.

House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman (D-Brooklyn Park), made a “call for the house” after noticing several of her colleagues were not in their seats during the debate over the Zerwas bill.

“I hate to break up the 100 percent white male card game in the retiring room, but I think this is an important debate,” Hortman said after making the motion.

Upset by her comments, Rep. Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) called on Hortman to apologize to the body stating, “If I had made a comment like that, it would have made the newspapers.”

Hortman refused to apologize saying she was tired of seeing women of color being ignored.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minneapolis), who gave a speech in support of allowing protesters to continue without harsher penalties rose in defense of Hortman by giving a definition of racism and saying, “I don’t think Rep. Hortman’s statements were racist.”

Rep. Greg Davis (R-Preston) is calling for Hortman’s resignation according to Heather Carlson of the Post Bulletin.

However, Hortman is winning the internet for her card game comments. On Twitter, many individuals are coming to her defense and applauding her for her comments on the floor.

Even the DFL State Party chose to chime in:

The omnibus public safety bill was ultimately passed 94-37.

Preya Samsundar

Preya Samsundar was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities this Spring with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in Strategic Communications. Preya has previously worked on several State Campaign Races.