- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Minnesota Republican Party officials have fired a volunteer social media manager who tweeted the hashtag #NegroProblem from an official Twitter account.

GOP Chairman Keith Downey said a social media moratorium has been imposed on the Seventh Congressional District GOP after its tweet against Minnesota’s Democrats-and-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party was deemed racist.

“My apologies to all for their posts,” Mr. Downey said via Twitter.

The initial tweet came after DFL Senate leaders said they favored adding measures to a special legislative session to reduce high unemployment and poverty rates among black Minnesotans, the Minneapolis Star Tribune‎ reported.

The tweet read: “MN #DFL now propose a ‘special session’ to deal with their self-created ‘#negroproblem’ ”

It linked to a Facebook message that was also removed, the Star Tribune‎ reported.

Minnesota DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin asked the GOP to apologize for the tweet.

“There is absolutely no place for this kind of ugly language in our state,” Mr. Martin said in a statement, the Star Tribune‎ reported. “We call on Chairman Downey to apologize to the people of Minnesota for the racist and bigoted comment.”

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