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Backlash after MN lawmaker calls Sen. Tina Smith 'empty-headed pile of nothing'

State Sen. David Osmek made some controversial remarks on the "Up and At 'Em" podcast.

A Republican state legislator has stirred up controversy over his remarks about Minnesota's two U.S. senators, Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith.

During a guest spot on Thursday's episode of the podcast "Up and At 'Em," Sen. David Osmek said that Smith is "as oily and scummy as you can possibly get."

Discussing her upcoming race against GOP challenger Jason Lewis, Osmek commented that Smith is an "empty-headed pile of nothing and Jason's gonna chop her into little pieces."

Of Sen. Klobuchar, he said, "if you ask her a question she’ll respond with her favorite hotdish recipe.”

The comments have received backlash on Twitter, with a number of users calling out Osmek's "repulsive" remarks:

Condemnation also came from the DFL party of District 33, which Osmek represents in the state senate:

The party's Twitter account called Osmek's comments "inexcusable," "demeaning" and "sexist."

Osmek, who ran for governor in 2018, has not publicly addressed the controversy yet. 

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