A Minnesota Democrat has ended his campaign for state representative following backlash over a tweet that appeared sympathetic to the Islamic State terror group.
“ISIS isn’t necessarily evil,” Dan Kimmel wrote on Twitter just one day after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for killing more than 120 people in multiple attacks across Paris. “It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though.”
Mr. Kimmel, a 63-year-old software developer, deleted the tweet and posted a statement of apology on his campaign website, the New York Daily News reported.
In the statement, Mr. Kimmel explained that the tweet “was in response to a statement made during the candidate debates, not in response to the activities in Paris. It was poorly worded and did not convey my intent.”
“I do think the attacks in Paris yesterday, along with other ISIS terrorist actions, are cowardly and despicable,” he wrote. “My heart breaks for the people of France, of Paris, the families of those wounded or killed and the casualties themselves. My thoughts are with them. I condemn the attacks, as I condemn all violence.
“I am folding up my campaign tent. The campaign website and Facebook page will be down by this afternoon,” he continued. “I apologize to the volunteers and contributors who have put so much time, effort and money into my campaign.”
Mr. Kimmel concluded that “the best thing for me to do is shut up.”
“The tweet was stupid. I’m sorry,” he added.
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