Minnesota Minority Leader Melissa Hartman refused to apologize after her racist and sexist attacks against her Republican colleagues.
The liberal leader called her Republican colleagues “the 100 percent white male card game” during her comments in a floor speech.
The Star Tribune reported:
Minnesota House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman refuses to apologize for her comments.
The DFL’s leader in the state House of Representatives is not apologizing for a crack about white men during a floor speech that led at least one Republican colleague to demand on Tuesday she resign from her leadership post.
“I hate to break up the 100 percent white male card game in the retiring room, but I think this is an important debate,” House Minority Leader Melissa Hortman, of Brooklyn Park, said during a House session on Monday evening.
Hortman then praised several speeches by female colleagues, including several women of color, that some members missed as they relaxed in the lounge-style room reserved for members that’s just off the House floor.
Hortman did not immediately return a call seeking further comment. The spat broke out during debate on whether protesters who block freeways or airport and transit access should face stiffer criminal penalties.