Minot, N.D. — A messaging group used by members of a Republican youth group, featuring many recognizable names from politics in North Dakota, including some holding public office, has seen racist and antisemitic posts in recent weeks according to one of its members.
The messaging group was organized by the North Dakota Young Republicans, which was founded to help the NDGOP replenish its ranks of activists with new and younger members.
The group, which per its website includes members aged 18 to 40 years old, even had a vote on the NDGOP’s state committee until they, along with the College Republicans, were moved to ex-officio status in December.
In recent years, the group has become one of the bastions of the Bastiat Caucus faction of the NDGOP, representing the very populist, very Donald Trump-aligned Republicans who are at the heart of a split in North Dakota’s dominant political organization.
But according to one of the group’s members, who spoke to me on condition of anonymity fearing backlash from other members, some very ugly messages between NDYR leaders and messages are posted routinely and without controversy.