- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A spokesman for the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) was suspended this week after he said on social media that Republicans should be brought “to the guillotines” after they lose their majority in the midterm elections.

In response to a Facebook post that declared Nov. 6 as the day to “take back your country,” DFL deputy communications director William Davis wrote in a now-deleted post: “11.7-bring them to the guillotines,” Minnesota Public Radio reported.

DFL executive director Corey Day said Mr. Davis’ remark was ” unacceptable” and had since been deleted.

“The DFL offers its apologies and assurance that these types of remarks by our employees are not the way we conduct our business,” Mr. Day said in a statement. “The comment Will made was an inside joke among former co-workers, but it is completely inconsistent with the standards we hold our employees to. I have spoken with Will and about our social media standards and our expectation that he use appropriate judgment when commenting and posting. He regrets the post and has deleted it.”

Republican National Committee-Minnesota spokeswoman Preya Samsundar said Mr. Davis’ comments were “appalling and disturbing and have no place in a civil society.”

“In a time where Republicans are being targeted for their stance on the issues, the comments made by the Minnesota DFL’s Deputy Communications Director seemingly perpetuate the belief that violence against one’s opponent – especially if they are conservative – is acceptable,” she said in a statement.

DFL party spokeswoman Charlene Briner said Monday that Mr. Davis was suspended for a week without pay, MPR reported.

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