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

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

Sen. Joan Heckaman, a Democrat from New Rockford, is the leader of the North Dakota Senate's minority caucus. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Democrats in North Dakota’s Senate Call on Oley Larsen to Resign Leadership Position

Yesterday I posted an email embattled state Senator Oley Larsen had sent out his fellow Senators soliciting their input as to whether or not he ought to resign his position as President Pro Tempore. It’s hard to know how genuine Larsen was in asking for the input. After all, before he sent that email, he’d

Sen. Oley Larsen (R-Minot) speaks to members of the House Finance & Taxation Committee in 2015. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Publicly Oley Larsen Says He Won’t Resign, but Privately He’s Asking His Fellow Senators for Their Opinion

This morning embattled state Senator Oley Larsen (R-Minot) apologized for falsely claiming that Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is a terrorist trained by al Qaeda. He specifically said he was not apologizing to Omar, though, and he also said that he doesn’t intend to resign his position. “I’m willing to own my role in spreading misinformation

Senator Oley Larsen

Oley Larsen: Ilhan Omar Isn’t a Terrorist, She’s Just Sympathetic to Them

This morning state Senator Oley Larsen, a Republican from Minot, finally got around to addressing the controversy over a false Facebook meme he shared claiming controversial Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar was trained by al Qaeda. In other posts he also called her a terrorist. He apologizes for sharing inaccurate information, but says: “I want to

How Is It Not Racist to Call Someone a Terrorist Simply Because They’re Muslim?

I broke this story on Sunday evening. It’s now late Tuesday morning. Someone in the North Dakota Republican Party has finally got around to condemning Senator Oley Larsen (R-Minot) for perpetuating a long-debunked conspiracy theory about Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and al Qaeda. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson) has called on Larsen to apologize,

Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, speaks in 2015 on the floor of the North Dakota Senate MIKE McCLEARY, Bismarck Tribune

Republican State Senator Takes Down False Claim About Ilhan Omar and Al Qaeda, Leaves up Another Post Calling Her a Terrorist

State Senator Oley Larsen, a Republican from Minot, still hasn’t responded to my requests for comment from yesterday over a Facebook post he made of a picture he claimed was controversial Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar at an al Qaeda training camp. The photo is from the Associated Press. It was taken in a Somali military

Sen. Oley Larsen, R-Minot, speaks before a legislative committee in Bismarck during in 2015. TOM STROMME, Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota State Lawmaker Falsely Claims Picture Shows Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar in an Al Qaeda Camp

A Republican state Senator from Minot has shared on Facebook a photo he claims is of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar holding a weapon in an al Qaeda training camp. Here’s the post: The photo is not of Omar. It’s an Associated Press photo of military training camps in Mogadishu. It was taken in 1978. Rep.

President Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 11th, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Washington Post photo by Jabin Botsford.

The Left Has Cried Wolf on Racism So Many Times Their Criticism of Donald Trump Isn’t Penetrating

“Trump is a racist and that’s what 2020 is all about,” reads a headline over my colleague Mike McFeely’s most recent column. Problem is, that guy thinks just about everyone who disagrees with his orthodox liberal views is a racist. Which is not an uncommon sentiment among our friends on the left these days. If

Print Column: Don’t Let Politicians Deflect Criticism by Playing Victim

MINOT, N.D. — The idea that President Donald Trump put Rep. Ilhan Omar in danger because he tweeted criticism of her is absurd. And yet, it’s become a talking point for Democrats up to and including certain candidates who would like to replace Trump in the White House. Trump’s criticism of Omar’s remarks about the 9/11 attacks

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