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Minnesota GOP chairwoman accuses state party leaders of racist insults

CBS Minnesota

The chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party on Friday accused fellow Republicans in the state of making racist and sexist comments about her.

Jennifer Carnahan, who was born in South Korea and adopted by Minnesotan parents, wrote in a post on her personal Facebook page that party leaders around the state have used “awful racial slurs,” according to a screenshot of the post obtained by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“Some (sadly) Republican Party leaders/executive committee members around this state have made racist comments about me, and to me calling me — ‘dragon lady, a c—-k, a stupid Asian not even born in America’ and other awful racial slurs,” she wrote, adding, “Not sure how these people still maintain their roles.”

In the post, Carnahan wrote that the “daily” emails and social media posts from people, in addition to the comments from other party leaders, are “starting to get to” her.


The post also pays tribute to her father, who she says told her to “always be polite and respectful to others, no matter what.”

Carnahan, who was elected to her post in 2017, told the Star Tribune that she was not directing the comments at any members of her own executive board.

“I was trying to highlight the admiration and respect I have for my father,” she told the paper. “I’m trying to bring a positive voice to the party and show the importance of working together and being positive.”

Carnahan told the paper that she has been getting racist and threatening messages from both Republicans and Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and said she disagrees with the sentiment that President Trump has enabled racism in the country.

“If I thought he was a racist or that anything he did was stoking racial divisions, I wouldn’t want to work on his behalf because I’ve had to deal with racism my entire life,” she said.

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