A Democrat took “Minnesota nice” too far when he made a post on Twitter that appeared to explain away Islamic State terrorism. Coming just a day after at least 129 were killed in an Muslim terror attack in Paris, for which the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS and ISIL) claimed responsibility, Dan Kimmel tweeted on November 14 “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 has since deleted the statement.
At least 350 were injured in machine gun and bomb attacks in the French capital. The French president has called out the military and vowed that the response by his country would be “merciless.” Indeed, on November 15, French fighter-bombers destroyed Islamic State targets in eastern Syria with the help of the United States.
Kimmel was a Democratic candidate for the Minnesota house of representatives. He is a software developer who calls himself a “business process expert.”
His tweet produced a backlash on social media.
Kimmel later followed up with a tweet stating, "I deplore the evil acts of ISIS. I do not defend their acts."
Then, in a November 15 statement, Kimmel claimed that his tweet was a response to a comment made during the Democratic presidential debate of November 14, rather than in response to the deadly attacks in France. "It was poorly worded and did not convey my intent," Kimmel said. "I do think the attacks in Paris yesterday, along with other ISIS terrorist actions, are cowardly and despicable.
Kimmel has pulled out of the race for the Minnesota legislature. "I am folding up my campaign tent," he said. His Facebook page was taken down on the afternoon of November 15. He also apologized to his contributors and campaign volunteers. "I am very sorry for 'spreading ick' on other candidates and the [Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor] party," Kimmel continued. "I will do everything I can to help resolve the issue: most likely the best thing for me to do is shut up. The tweet was stupid. I'm sorry."
He was running for a seat in Burnsvill, which is about 15 miles south of Minneapolis. According to his website, he is currently employed by US Bank.
Several of his detractors took to Twitter to voice their opinion:
#DanKimmel You are clearly delusional and a threat if ever allowed in a position to protect the homeland. Sad
— John (@Johnq53) November 15, 2015
Dan Kimmel shows how bad progressive party truly is! What an idiot
— Jeffrey Stypinski (@JeffreyStypinsk) November 15, 2015
Here is Kimmel's statement from his campaign website:
My tweet last evening was in response to a statement made during the candidate debates, not in response to the activities in Paris. It was poorly worded and did not convey my intent.
I do think the attacks in Paris yesterday, along with other ISIS terrorist actions, are cowardly and despicable. My heart breaks for the people of France, of Paris, the families of those wounded or killed and the casualties themselves. My thoughts are with them. I condemn the attacks, as I condemn all violence.
I am folding up my campaign tent. The campaign website and Facebook page will be down by this afternoon.
I apologize to the volunteers and contributors who have put so much time, effort and money into my campaign.
I am very sorry for “spreading ick” on other candidates and the DFL party. I will do everything I can to help resolve the issue: most likely the best thing for me to do is shut up. The tweet was stupid. I’m sorry.
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