Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party said it's handing down a weeklong suspension to a party official who commented on Facebook that Republicans should be brought "to the guillotines" Nov. 7 — the day after the midterm elections, The Associated Press reported.
In reference to the GOP, party spokesman William Davis commented: "11.7 — bring them to the guillotines," the AP said.
The Facebook post from a different user listed a number of dates and associated tasks: "10.31—Halloween; 11.2—Day of the Dead; 11.4—set your clocks back; 11.7—take your country back." Then Davis' words followed among the comments.
Party executive director Corey Day told the outlet Davis regrets the comment and deleted it, adding that the comment originated from an inside joke with former co-workers but nevertheless violated the party's standards for employees.
In a statement released by DFL Executive Director Corey Day, "The comment made my William Davis on social media thi… https://t.co/O6zXU5GHcl— Tom Hauser (@Tom Hauser) 1539635970.0
Davis' weeklong suspension — without pay — began Monday, spokeswoman Charlene Briner told the AP.
How did one candidate react?
“That kind of incendiary rhetoric is completely inappropriate. It's disgusting. It debases our public discourse and it's the kind of language that could even insight violence. It's completely inappropriate," Minnesota Attorney General candidate Doug Wardlow said, according to KAAL-TV. "We called on the DFL to terminate Mr. Davis' employment. We need to make sure we aren't engaging in any of this back and forth in civil discourse. It's inappropriate."
What's the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party all about?
In short, the DFL — which was created in 1944 — aims to elect "progressive leaders" to office. Hubert Humphrey, who served as vice president under President Lyndon Johnson, is considered by many the DFL's founder.