MINOT, N.D. — “I’m so embarrassed at how my party is handling this resolution issue.”
That’s what a Republican state lawmaker told me recently.
They were referring, of course, to the controversy over bigoted, anti-LGBT language in the NDGOP’s state platform.
The language has been there, in one form or another, since 2016. The party’s executive committee has disavowed the language after it made headlines this month. However, a faction of the party is still standing behind it, and Republican officials generally have gone silent as to how the language came to be in the first place.
They’ve been stiff-arming inquiries from the news media, and even elected Republicans can’t seem to get their questions answered.