Republican Tyler Kistner, a former marine, recently called out his opponent, Rep. Angie Craig, for remaining silent on the chaos and violence in Minneapolis.
Kistner has been a staunch supporter of law and order during his campaign and recently signed the Heritage Action Police Pledge. Going on the offensive, Kistner called out Craig, his opponent for Minnesota’s Second Congressional seat in Congress, for being silent on the continued violence in Minneapolis.
“As Minneapolis businesses are looted and destroyed, Rep. Angie Craig continues to hide. Her silence in condemning these riots and criminals who are destroying our community is deafening, and shows a total lack of leadership from our member of Congress,” Kistner said in a statement.
“Why won’t Angie Craig speak out against the continued violence and lawlessness in our state? Her silence and willingness to accept the widespread violence in our community, and nationwide, shows that she is unfit to serve Minnesota’s Second District,” he added.
Craig released a statement on Twitter just a few minutes after Kistner’s criticisms.
“We must address the systemic racism in our country. But the violence, vandalism and looting only detracts from that work and cannot be tolerated. Let’s work together to address racial and social justice issues, end the violence, vandalism and looting and heal our country,” she said.
Thanks for responding to my question, @AngieCraigMN. It would be great to see actions instead of just words.— Tyler Kistner for Congress (@KistnerCongress) August 27, 2020
Real servant leaders step up and provide solutions. #MN02 #SendInTheMarine https://t.co/ivIb6fVql5
Carly Atchinson, a communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Kistner “stands for law and order” while Craig “defends violence and chaos.”
In a recent Facebook post, Kistner claimed Craig has never disavowed the push to defund the police.
“While Angie supports defunding the police, I will always stand for public safety and make sure our cops have the resources necessary to keep Minnesota safe,” he said.