MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer came under fire recently for comments he made in the context of the war of words between President Donald Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
“I could be a victim of racism, but I don’t offend easily, I just don’t offend that easily,” Cramer told a press gaggle asking him about the feud.
Pressed on how he could be a victim of racism, Cramer pointed out that many people look down their noses at North Dakotans.
“Well, if somebody said something about being from North Dakota, every now and then I get a snicker about it, somebody will say something about North Dakota in some snide way, I don’t offend because I’m comfortable with where I come from, I’m comfortable with who I am. I’m comfortable with my own accomplishments and the accomplishments of our state,” he said.
These were clumsy comments — Cramer shouldn’t describe himself as a “victim of racism” because some people think North Dakotans are rubes — but they aren’t without merit either.