A candidate for the Minnesota legislature abruptly dropped out of the race less than 24 hours after he wrote a tweet voicing a sympathetic view of the Islamic State group, also referred to as ISIS.
“ISIS isn’t necessarily evil,” Dan Kimmel of Burnsville tweeted on Nov. 14, after terrorist attacks hit Paris and killed at least 129 people and injured hundreds more, reports the Daily Mail.
“[ISIS] is made up of people doing what they think is best for the community. Violence is not the answer, though,” Kimmel added.
Kimmel later stated he “deplored” Islamic State group's evil actions after serious outrage against his “tone-deaf” remarks. He soon dropped out of the campaign because of the backlash.
A note publicizing the end of his campaign said his original comments were a reply to a statement said in the Democratic debate on Nov. 14, and that he denounces the “cowardly and despicable” Paris attacks along with all forms of violence.
Kimmel later expressed regret for any negative consequences his tweet brought to his party, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party.
“I will do everything I can to help resolved the issue. Most likely the best thing for me to do is shut up. The tweet was stupid. I’m sorry,” he said.
According to the Star Tribune, his party has asked him to drop out of the House of Representatives race after the commotion.
DFL Party Chair Ken Martin states that Kimmel’s “views have no place in our party. On behalf of the Minnesota DFL, I strongly condemn his comments. I ask Dan Kimmel to apologize to all the families who have been torn apart by the terrorist organization and their senseless violence.”
In 2014, Kimmel lost to 22-year-old Republican adversary, Drew Christensen, in the Burnsville race.