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DFL Party Accuses MN Republicans of “Fanning the Flames of Future Insurrections”


On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the January 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol, the Minnesota DFL Party accused Minnesota Republicans of fanning the flames of future insurrections and violence by casting doubt on the legitimacy of President Biden’s election.

The DFL Party also released a detailed list of times when Minnesota Republicans helped erode the legitimacy of the United States government by attacking the validity of the 2020 elections and downplaying the significance of the January 6th insurrection.

DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin released the following statement: 

“Minnesota Republican elected officials, candidates, and leaders at all levels have spent the last 15 months fanning the flames of future insurrections and violence by attacking the legitimacy of free and fair elections. The Republican assault on the 2020 elections, even after witnessing the disastrous consequences of such lies, is the greatest collective act of political cowardice and cynicism I have ever seen.”

“The foundation of a stable democracy is the consent of the governed, and if Minnesota Republicans continue to erode that consent by attacking the legitimacy of American elections and the American government, more violence will follow. I encourage all Minnesotans who believe in our democracy to set politics aside and become single-issue voters when it comes to the health of that democracy. A decisive rejection at the ballot box is the single best way to show Republicans that their assault on the legitimacy of the American government is not welcome here in Minnesota.”

On December 9th, 2020, DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin warned in an op-ed that “the sad truth is that when election results we do not like become election results we cannot accept, the likelihood of political violence increases.” Less than one month later, a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to use violence to overturn a free and fair election.

Fanning the Flames of Future Insurrections and Violence

Below is a non-comprehensive list of the ways that Minnesota Republican elected officials, leaders, and candidates have downplayed the January 6th insurrection or propped up the Big Lie that fueled the assault on the United States Capitol.

Before the Insurrection

During the Insurrection

  • Half a dozen Republican Representatives attended a January 6th “Storm the Capitol” rally in Minnesota.
    • During this rally, the Chair of the House District 53A Minnesota Republican Party promised that “we are going to fight, we are going to go down, there’s going to be casualties.”
    • Another speaker said the country was close to a civil war and that violence was needed.
    • The crowd at the rally cheered the news that the Republican mob in DC was storming the U.S. Capitol building.

After the Insurrection