U.S. Rep, Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota is attracting national attention for comments he made about the Black Lives Matter movement.
"The Democrat 'Black Lives Matter' Party, along with armies of rioters, are at war with our country, our beliefs and western culture. Their radical movement is orchestrated and growing. We must never let them take power. We must stand up and defend our country, our nation’s identity, our Judeo-Christian values and our American way of life."
The southern Minnesota congressman's post was in response to comments activist Shaun King made, arguing that the depiction of Jesus as a white European is a form of white supremacy.
Hagedorn's comments garnered more than 300 comments on his Facebook post, with people on both sides – sharing their support and criticism – commenting.
Those in support of the congressman told him to keep up the good work, while others said his racism is showing and noted a true leader would work to bring their constituents together.
Hagedorn represents Minnesota First Congressional District. The district is 89 percent white, 3.2 percent Black, 2.7 percent Asian and 6.7 percent Hispanic, according to U.S. Census estimates.
Getting national attention
His comments have also drawn national attention, including from the Washington Post.
The newspaper on Wednesday published a story about the congressman's comments, noting advocacy groups have said the language he used, including the phrase "Western culture", is often used to promote white nationalism. The paper said the Southern Poverty Law Center has said "Western culture" and other similar terms are used to promote white nationalist ideology.
People have taken to Twitter to share what they say are the latest in a slew of controversial comments from the Republican congressman, who represents Minnesota's First Congressional District in southern Minnesota. Here are some of the tweets.
Meanwhile, Hagedorn's DFL challenger also commented on his post with a tweet:
BMTN has reached out to Hagedorn's office for comment.