St. Paul – Today, Rep. Steve Drazkowski (Republican-Mazeppa) made the following statement:
“In America, we don't criminalize free speech. However, Speaker Hortman baselessly and falsely accused six members of the Minnesota House of Representatives of inciting violence. After receiving her request for an investigation, the BCA found no reason whatsoever to investigate. This clearly proves that the Speaker was categorically wrong, and she has admitted as much.
Speaker Hortman’s attempt to criminalize the free speech of six members of the Minnesota House represents a danger to our Republic. She used her position of power to try and slander elected officials who were exercising their rights under the First Amendment. This is nothing more than authoritarianism.
Speaker Hortman owes an apology to the six representatives she wrongly accused. More importantly, she owes an apology to the people of Minnesota.”