U.S. Rep. John Kline is calling on his Republican challenger David Gerson to apologize to members of the military after the Star Tribune reported about expletive-filled tweets made by one of Gerson's campaign staffers.
The campaign staffer, Boone Leach, had written a number of offensive tweets, including some directed at the military and the U.S. Marine Corps. They included "Death to the USMC. Death to the world police" and "soldiery is not a noble profession." Kline is a 25-year Marine Corps veteran. The Gerson campaign fired Leach Monday after the tweets on his personal account were brought to the campaign's attention.
In a statement, Kline said Gerson owes people who have served in the military an apology.
“The comments made by David Gerson campaign staff are outrageous and disgusting and Mr. Gerson is showing a complete lack of understanding and extremely poor judgment by downplaying the hate-filled words from his campaign. Mr. Gerson owes an apology to our sons and daughters in uniform and anyone who has ever served our country. The men and women in the armed forces, as well as law enforcement, put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and they have earned our respect and the thanks of our nation. There is a pattern of hate for the military in some fringes of our country. It is foul and we must take a stand against it.”