Print Column: Some N.D. Republicans Need to Find Their Moral Compass


MINOT, N.D. — Call me old fashioned, but I believe if you call someone a terrorist and that person isn’t a terrorist, you should apologize to that person.

North Dakota state Sen. Oley Larsen, a Republican from Minot who a week ago claimed on Facebook that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was an al Qaeda-trained terrorist, has a different interpretation of proper contrition.

He wrote in a letter to the editor that while he was sorry for posting false information, he was not apologizing to Omar.

For this purpose of this column, what’s salient is not Larsen’s fabulism or his lack of integrity in refusing to apologize to a person he maligned with a blatant falsehood or even his resistance to stepping down from his leadership position in the Legislature.

What’s important is how some Republicans chose to react to Larsen’s idiocy.

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