Republicans call for Rep. Ryan Winkler to resign following "Uncle Thomas" tweet

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We'd imagine Winkler hasn't been smiling too much the past 24 hours.
Being skewered by the twitterverse is one thing, but resigning from the Minnesota legislature? That's another altogether.

THE BACKSTORY: Rep. Ryan Winkler says he thought "Uncle Tom" meant "turncoat"

Yet some Republicans believe Democratic Golden Valley Representative Ryan Winkler's ill-considered "Uncle Thomas" tweet should mark the end of his six-year tenure in office.

Yesterday, former Florida Congresman-turned-Fox News personality Allen West, ex-Minnesota for Marriage brain wizard and Bachmann chief of staff Andy Parrish, and 2012 MNGOP Keith Ellison sacrificial lamb Congress candidate Chris Fields all called for Winkler's resignation.

Here's West's (inaccurate) tweet (Paula Dean was actually fired) calling for Winkler's resignation (it's been retweeted more than 1,000 times as of this morning): Parrish was so worked up over "Uncle Thomas," he actually wanted to protest outside Winkler's home: And Fields told political reporter Pat Kessler that Winkler should resign from the legislature and characterized the "Uncle Thomas" tweet as "offensive and hurtful." Sure, West, Parrish, and Fields aren't exactly a murderer's row of Republicans -- after all, all three failed in their respective bids to be reelected, win an amendment campaign, and be elected during the most recent election cycle -- but still, the calls for Winkler's resignation show that all it takes to derail a promising political career is one ill-advised tweet. -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Kathleen Mostrom Lehman
Kathleen Mostrom Lehman

By the time this is over, no one will have ajob doing anything anywhere, because there isn't a one of us who has lived a perfect life and who has never, ever said anything unkind, inaccurate, or hurtful to another person

Kathleen Mostrom Lehman
Kathleen Mostrom Lehman

By the time this is over, no one will have a job doing anything anywhere, because there isn't a one of us who has lived a perfect life and who has never, ever said anything unkind, inaccurate, or hurtful to another person. My fear is that there are people who are jumping on the hypervigilence/supersensitive/reactionary bandwagon and will start calling for firings "left and right" as a means of advancing their own agendas. And, that I fear is as dangerous as any mis-spoken word could ever be!

Paul Harcey
Paul Harcey

I really didn't know how powerful of a slur this was either. So, can't anyone make any kind of mistack anymore?

Mel Lovejoy
Mel Lovejoy

No. Rethugs and teabaggers are hypocrites.

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

so, Clarence Thomas is definitely NOT an uncle? I do hope, for his sake, that being a prototypical motherfucking sonuvabitch will suffice, because he is.

T.S.Moody
T.S.Moody

He should not have made the comment, but it certainly does not warrant a resignation, not to mention the fact that the comment had foundation.

Patrick Noonan
Patrick Noonan

Do the actual descendants of slaves think he should resign? No one else has a right to demand retribution here.

Fluffy Singler
Fluffy Singler

Maybe it's not very pc of me, but that's the first thing that came to my mind when I heard that the 1 black Supreme Court Justice had voted against the Voting Rights Act. That is the definition of siding with the slave holders! And yes, it is a derogatory term for a derogatory way of behaving.

Joel Antol
Joel Antol

If Trent Lott had to he should to

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

I dunno...sure, he definitely shouldn't have said it, and his excuse was pretty pathetic and well worthy of a ride in the short-bus...but after Justice Thomas' helping to tear the heart out of the Voting Rights Act yesterday...I'm not so sure it's an inaccurate statement.

steve.sundberg
steve.sundberg

For all the complaining conservatives do about liberals being "too P.C.," those same conservatives sure as heck want everyone to be politically-correct. Pot, meet kettle?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

Resign - Fuck THAT - 

he is a huge idiot for not knowing common shit - harvard history major - WOW

dont resign though - you worked so hard....

Beverly Gores
Beverly Gores

No. That's just silly. Are they perfect and make no mistakes?

Joe Cameron
Joe Cameron

No. I'v learned that when republicans want something it usually is not something I want. Winkler is guilty of nothing. Even if he knew what he said was wrong it would be bad tast but not against the law. When did we get so butthurt in this country that we have to hold every word against folks, it's getting just plain silly!

Bill Wyers
Bill Wyers

Friggin' white people....they all look the same...

Ben Schwelling
Ben Schwelling

fuck off. black celebs and politicians make askew comments about whites all the time and thats ok? read what obama says about whites in his book about his father... then talk to me sbout this dumbass tweet.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

Sure, right after all the Republican screw-ups resign. Cutting in line is not allowed.

Gregory John Herder
Gregory John Herder

He needs to make a huge mea culpa and thoroughly explain why he was dumb enough to invoke that reference. Then, maybe.....no.

Tracy Marcotte Shaffer
Tracy Marcotte Shaffer

I think someone needs to shut down his twitter page because he obviously doesn't know how to use it

p.lindberg
p.lindberg

ummmm....lol....when will senators finally realize that maybe they should not have twitter accounts?... ;-)

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

I'm so glad to know what wife beating loser Chris Fields and disgraced war criminal Alan West thinks about this.  What a bunch of intellectual heavyweights.  Hopefully professor keny can lecture us on why liberals are the true racists because some sort of nonsense about I dunno Benghazi?  

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

So what you're saying is he shouldn't fight for equal rights? Any partisan is a damn fool, but trendy libtards really take the cake.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

"Siding with slave holders" would be fighting for one's own limitations....which is actually exactly what black people have been doing for years. This is a step in the right direction.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann Good to see you supporting all your fellow liberal racists.  Trent Lott resigned over less than this.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland lol  I'm sure as an openly racist crybaby you really care about how hurtful it is what he said.  You can pretend to be outraged all you want but you have no credibility.   

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

Stop losing so much

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@CinBlueland Yeah its so lame that a liberal like me wouldn't listen to a war criminal and a wife beater when they talk about how other people should behave.   

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