John Thompson – the DFL-endorsed candidate currently awaiting coronation in House District 67A, the East Side – is the guy who we saw the other day standing in Bob Kroll’s driveway, bellowing that he’d be perfectly happy to burn exurban Hugo to the ground at the little group of tweenage girls standing by the garage.
Turns out there’s been a bit of a backlash, and Thompson doesn’t like people…
…harassing him and invoking his family.
In videos circulating on social media, John Thompson, a DFL-endorsed candidate for House District 67A, threatened to burn Hugo and said “Blue Lives ain’t sh–.” He also appears to yell at young white girls watching from an open garage, calling them “racist mother-f—–s.”
On Monday, Thompson said he was getting death threats and declined an interview out of concern for his family’s safety.
“When people are calling my family and telling my family they are going to put a bullet in my son’s head, I’m not in a space right now to talk to the press,” he said.
To my amazement, the backlash has been such that even the DFL had to exhibit at least a vestige of shame:
“We expect our candidates and elected officials to live up to our highest values when they represent our DFL Party,” said DFL Party Chairman Ken Martin. “The Minnesota DFL does not condone any rhetoric which is violent, hateful, or inflammatory.”
To perhaps my greater amazement, the article in the PiPress doesn’t use the phrase “GOP pounced…” or “GOP seized on” Thompson’s racist tirade.
I’m sure that’ll be rectified.