Dan Kimmel, 63, a Democrat candidate for the Minnesota House, ended his campaign Sunday, hours after he tweeted that the Islamic State group “isn’t necessarily evil and its members were doing what they thought was best for their community.”
YW News Kimmel announced the end of his bid for office on his campaign website and Twitter account. He said Saturday evening’s tweet was in response to a statement made during a candidate debate, not in response to Friday’s violent attacks in Paris that left more than 120 people dead and more than 350 wounded. He said his tweet was poorly worded and didn’t convey his intent.
Kimmel, of Burnsville, sent a tweet Saturday that said: “ISIS isn’t necessarily evil. It is made up of people doing what they think is best for their community. Violence is not the answer, though.” He was criticized on social media, and sent out another tweet later that said: “I deplore the evil acts of ISIS. I do not defend their acts.” (Too late!)