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DFL official under fire for Republican 'guillotine' comment

The Facebook comment has since been deleted, with the DFL apologizing.

A Minnesota DFL party official is facing a call to resign after a social media comment in which he suggested Republicans be brought to "the guillotines" after the mid-terms.

The post was made by William Davis, the DFL's deputy communications director, on a Facebook post rallying Democratic support for November's elections.

After a series of landmark dates ending with 11.6 "take your country back," Davis posted a comment saying: "11.7-bring them to the guillotines."

A screenshot of the post was forwarded to media by the campaign for Doug Wardlow, running for Attorney General, who said that Davis should be fired from the DFL.

In a statement to BMTN, DFL executive director Corey Day apologized, saying the comment was "unacceptable" coming from one of its employees. Davis has been suspended for a week without pay.

"The comment made by William Davis on social media this weekend was unacceptable. The DFL offers its apologies and assurance that these types of remarks by our employees are not the way we conduct our business," he said.

"The comment Will made was an inside joke among former co-workers, but it is inconsistent with the standards we hold our employees to. 

" have spoken with Will and about our social media standards and our expectation that he use appropriate judgement when commenting and posting. He regrets the post and has deleted it."

Wardlow however wants sterner action, saying: "The comments made by William Davis are disgusting and appalling. The call for decapitation of members of the Republican party has no place in our politics. This is a new low."

Preya Samsundar, spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee-Minnesota, said that Davis' comments "seemingly perpetuate the belief that violence against one's opponent – especially if they are conservative – is acceptable."

"These comments are appalling and disturbing and have no place in a civil society," she added.

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