South Dakota Republican Party Decides to Embrace Hate

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South Dakota Republican Party Decides to Embrace Hate

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairwoman Ann Tornberg responding to South Dakota Republican Party Chair Dan Lederman defending the Pennington County Republican Party’s sponsorship of an event featuring speakers who are anti-Muslim extremists:

“While Democrats work to bring South Dakotans of all backgrounds and religions together to create an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, it is troubling to see the South Dakota Republican Party embrace hate groups and anti-Muslim extremists. The choice of the Pennington County Republican Party to sponsor an event featuring disgraced ex-FBI agent and anti-Muslim extremist Dan Guandolo and Mr. Lederman’s choice to defend this action are just the latest examples of a disturbing trend of the South Dakota Republican Party embracing groups and speakers identified as hate groups or anti-Muslim extremists:

“While reasonable people can disagree about immigration and refugee policy, conspiracy theories and bigotry targeting a minority population should have no place in our political debates. Republicans should denounce this type of hateful rhetoric, not embrace it. Since Mr. Lederman refused to take the lead in denouncing hate, I call Republican elected officials and candidates like John Thune, Mike Rounds, Kristi Noem, Marty Jackley, Shantel Krebs, and Dusty Johnson to show some important leadership and make it clear that this kind of hate does not belong in their party or our state.”

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