Top Minnesota Democrats — including Gov. Tim Walz — are calling for the resignation of far-left state representative John Thompson over reports of past domestic violence allegations, the Star Tribune reported.
The paper said the domestic assault cases were from 2003 to 2010 and included allegations that Thompson punched and choked women, sometimes in the presence of children.
The news was the latest in a string of headline-grabbing controversies Thompson has attracted over the last year:
- When he was campaigning for the state House last summer at the height of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter rioting, Thompson launched into a fiery tirade outside the home of the Minneapolis Police Federation president — and hinted that the town of Hugo should be burned down. “Why the f*** is we so peaceful in this [homophobic slur removed] neighborhood,” Thompson shouted. “F*** your motherf***ing peace, white racist motherf***ers!” He added in reference to Floyd, “This whole god***n state burned down for $20 god***n dollars, you think we give a f*** about burning Hugo down?”
- Thompson also was criticized for beating effigies of the police federation leader and his wife outside their Hugo home, KSTP-TV reported, adding that Thompson later apologized.
- He accused a St. Paul police sergeant of racial profiling during a traffic stop earlier this month, after which the police chief demanded an apology from Thompson.
- While the traffic stop was for lack of a license plate, the Pioneer Press said Thompson was cited for operating a motor vehicle after his driving privileges were suspended. KTSP said the suspension was due to unpaid child support, adding that public safety officials said that issue was taken care of this month and Thompson was now eligible to get a Minnesota driver’s license.
- Thompson — a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party — also presented a Wisconsin driver’s license to the officer who pulled him over, which raised questions about his residency and ability to hold office in Minnesota, the station added.
- He also called a Republican state representative a racist on the House floor, the Star Tribune reported, after which the GOP lawmaker in question filed a complaint against Thompson. The paper said a hearing is scheduled Friday on that complaint, which argued that Thompson violated House conduct.
The Star Tribune, citing KMSP-TV, said an October 2003 domestic abuse report alleged Thompson struck his girlfriend in the face in a supermarket parking lot in front of her 5-year-old daughter, after which he fled police, then pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.
In 2004, Thompson allegedly hit, choked, and threatened the same woman in her apartment because she dialed 911, the paper said, adding that KMSP reported that children were present.
The Star Tribune, citing KMSP, reported that police were called in 2009 after an argument between Thompson and two women over a cellphone, during which Thompson allegedly exposed his genitals in front of one woman and her children.
The paper said Thompson was not charged with domestic assault in any of the aforementioned instances.
“The alleged acts of violence against multiple women outlined in these reports are serious and deeply disturbing,” Walz, a DFL Party member, said in a statement, according to the Star Tribune. “Minnesotans deserve representatives of the highest moral character, who uphold our shared values. Rep. Thompson can no longer effectively be that leader and he should immediately resign.”
“As a mom, advocate for children, and survivor and child witness of domestic violence, I know the deeply traumatic impact of the actions outlined in reports against Rep. Thompson,” Flanagan, a Democrat, said in a statement, according to the Star Tribune. “Someone who has allegedly demonstrated this violent pattern of behavior, especially in the presence of children, is unfit to serve in elected office.”
The paper said Thompson did not immediately respond to a request for comment; however, his attorney, Jordan Kushner, said Thompson “maintains the allegations are false and he was never found guilty of them in a court.”
The Star Tribune added that House Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said members of his caucus will file ethics complaints against Thompson on Monday if he does not resign before then.
“Rep. Thompson’s disturbing domestic violence incidents, malicious accusations of racism against law enforcement and colleagues at the Legislature, and disregard for state law makes it clear he is unfit to serve in the Minnesota House,” Daudt said, according to the paper.
This is an excerpt from The Blaze.
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