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Minnesota Conservatives and Donald Trump Threaten Democracy in Minnesota.

New Year, same dangerous tactics from Minnesota conservatives. 

Minnesota’s conservative congressional delegation – Representatives Tom Emmer, Brad Finstad, Michelle Fischbach, and Pete Stauber- formally endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

The conservative delegation announced support for Trump’s divisive campaign the day after he said he would focus his 2024 efforts on winning Minnesota. 

Minnesota conservatives have a long history of fueling extremism, division, and undermining our democracy. It is clear from their announcement supporting Donald Trump for president that they will continue to do more of the same this year. 

Since announcing his bid for the 2024 presidential election, Trump has threatened to abuse power for retribution of his political opponents, vowed to act as a dictator for the first day of his presidency, and promised to retaliate against the Biden family by ordering a special counsel to investigate them.

And it doesn’t stop there – Donald Trump has adopted increasingly authoritarian language, positioning his political opponents as enemies of the state. He described those who oppose his political agenda as “far-left thugs” and “vermin” and said migrants are “poisoning the blood of our country.”

In November 2023, the Washington Post reported that Donald Trump adopted authoritarian tactics used by dictators like Hitler and Mussolini to dehumanize people and encourage their followers to engage in violence. And he positioned those who oppose his political agenda as a threat to democracy greater than “Russia, China, and North Korea.”

But Donald Trump isn’t the only problem. Minnesota’s conservative congressional delegation has a long history of undermining democracy and encouraging Trump’s extremism. 

In 2021, Minnesota conservative serving in the United States Congress, Michelle Fischbach, voted to undermine our democracy by objecting to the electoral college vote for President Joe Biden. Fischbach and other Minnesota conservatives promoted baseless election conspiracies that emboldened Trump supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

And Minnesota’s conservative Representatives, Pete Stauber and Tom Emmer, have also been complicit in undermining democracy. 

In December 2020, Stauber and Emmer signed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Then, Stauber doubled down on baseless election conspiracy theories.

We need to hold conservatives accountable.

Minnesotans won’t stand for this harmful and anti-democratic behavior that hurts our families and communities.

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