GOP candidate called out for campaign tent near George Floyd site

Lacy Johnson is running against Ilhan Omar.

A Republican congressional candidate who held a campaign event in Minneapolis is under fire for his choice of venue.

Lacy Johnson, who's running to unseat Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, set up a booth on the corner of 38th St. and Chicago Ave. on Friday.

This is where George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last month, setting off global civil unrest that is still ongoing.

The site has become a shrine to his memory, with many flocking there either to leave for vigils or protests. 

The campaign tent has earned Johnson a rebuke from the Minnesota DFL, which posted a tweet saying they were "shocked and appalled" by it. They also called on him to "immediately apologize for using Floyd's murder to boost his political campaign":

Earlier in the day, Lacy retweeted a photo of some young men holding one of his campaign signs at the Floyd site, with no mention of the site or of Floyd himself:

Last month, Johnson was endorsed by President Donald Trump, receiving his blessing in a tweet calling Omar a "disaster":

BringMeTheNews has reached out to the Johnson campaign for comment. 

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