ST. PAUL, Minn. - A state lawmaker from Alexandria is under fire, this time for a social media post targeting people who are transgender.
Representative Mary Franson (R-08B) posted on her Twitter account following the election of Andrea Jenkins, a self-proclaimed African American Transgender person, to the Minneapolis City Council. The post, which has since been taken down, read "A guy who thinks he's a girl is still a guy with a mental condition."
Franson's tweet set off a firestorm on social media, with many account holders taking her to task for what they called her bigoted and homophobic views.
Franson issued a half-apology Thursday night, calling the tweet unkind. She did not, however, back off from her anti-transgender stance. "I should have shown grace and not come across the way I did. For that I apologize," Franson wrote on Facebook. "I do not apologize for not conforming to the PC world where I'm supposed to go along with fantasy and participate in it."
"This isn't the first time I've offended the social justice warriors and it won't be the last."
Reaction also came from across the aisle in a written statement from MN DFL Chairman Ken Martin.
“Minnesota made history Tuesday night. Voters elected the first two openly transgender African-American candidates to City Council in the nation, Martin wrote. "Republican Representative Franson’s hurtful remarks attempt to cheapen this historic victory and take the wind out of the sails of equality. We won’t let that happen.”