Ryan Winkler has a reputation for saying controversial things. In June, 2013, Winkler took to Twitter to tweet about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act. That morning, Winkler tweeted “VRA majority is four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas.” Rather than quitting there, Winkler replied, saying “I did not understand ‘Uncle Tom’ as a racist term, and there seems to be some debate about it. I do apologize for it, however,” he said.

Winkler was then a rising star in the DFL. I think that label is pretty much gone after reading this article. Twin Cities blogger and conservative activist Chad the Elder got into an exchange with Winkler over Charlottesville. Winkler started by saying “Nazism only stood for one thing. Communism has meant different things in different place at different times, not just Stalin. Not the same.” Chad replied, saying “Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, Ceausescu, Honecker, North Korea…Stop me when I reach what you consider good communism.”

Had Winkler stopped there, he might’ve limited the damage. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t stop there. Instead, Winkler asked this question:

Do you disagree that the Soviets were the lesser of two evils for us from 1940-45?

Anders Koskinen of Alpha News wrote “In a series of tweets stemming from recent actions by white supremacists’, Minnesota attorney general candidate and former State Rep. Ryan Winkler appeared to defend communism late Monday night. In light of white supremacists and Nazis being fired for their views, Twitter user ChadTheElder questioned whether the same standard would be applied to Communists, since that ideology is also responsible for horrific atrocities on the scale of Nazism.”

It’s apparent that Winkler is a loose cannon who hasn’t learned the first rule of holes. Instead of getting into a hole, then stopping digging, Winkler keeps digging. Here’s hoping he’s the DFL-endorsed candidate for State Attorney General.

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