UMD Republican leader forced out over offensive Facebook posts

The group's VP has stepped down.
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A Minnesota college Republican leader has resigned from his group over two recent social media posts that seemed to condone white nationalism. 

The first one appeared July 30 on the Facebook page of College Republicans at the University of Minnesota Duluth. It was a meme from Generation Europa, a European white supremacy group:

The poster accompanied it with the comment "I love America."

A couple weeks later, on August 11, there was an update that called for colonizing North Korea. It also included a Pulp Fiction-inspired meme of President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis pointing handguns. 

WDIO was able to get a screenshot of the post:

Controversy over these updates came to a head on Monday, when Kynze Lundeen, president of the UMD college Republicans, announced that she had removed the material from the group's Facebook:

In a later update, Lundeen announced that the person responsible for the posts – the group's vice president – had stepped down because of them. 

"As President, I do not condone the actions the past Vice President has shown and in no way do his actions represent the mission statement of our club," she said. 

Lundeen also said that she had contacted campus officials, the leader of the Minnesota College Republican board, and the president of the state GOP regarding the controversy. 

UMD addressed the situation in a public statement and applauded Lundeen's actions, WDIO reported.

The student who made the Facebook posts has not been identified. But in some followup Facebook comments, UMD College Republicans said he was also behind similarly controversial posts that have appeared on their page over the "past year."

"We do take full responsibility" for those posts, the group said. 

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