Back in June, 2013, Rep. Ryan Winkler stepped in it when he criticized Republican-appointed Supreme Court Justices for ruling against the Voting Rights Act, which I wrote about here. At the time, Winkler tweeted “#SCOTUS VRA majority is four accomplices to race discrimination and one Uncle Thomas.” He obviously was referring to Justice Clarence Thomas with his Uncle Thomas quip.

Despite that exercise in racism, the DFL didn’t see anything wrong with making him the House Majority Leader after the 2018 midterm elections. He still isn’t bright enough to stay out of trouble. This past week, counties across Minnesota voted on whether they were willing to accept primary refugees. This week, Beltrami County voted 3-2 to not accept additional primary refugees. After the vote, Leader Winkler threatened counties that voted not to accept refugees with funding cut in this tweet:


Talk about strong-arm tactics. Considering his past racist comments, this shouldn’t surprise people. Still, it’s something that shouldn’t be tolerated. State Sen. Justin Eichorn published this statement criticizing Rep. Winkler:

I am deeply disturbed by DFL House Majority Leader Winkler’s threat to cut off funding to Beltrami County simply because the county did not vote the way he wanted. This hostile behavior from the Majority Leader has no place in government, and we should not move towards a society that requires quid pro quo or else. Rather than engaging in this destructive behavior, I encourage the Majority Leader to visit Beltrami to learn the importance of state aid for the area and why continued support will be critical in the future.

Ultimately, local control is one of the most important principles in our country. When President Trump empowered counties to have a voice in the decision-making process for the federal refugee resettlement program to empower them to make choices that are best for their area, that is the choice that the Beltrami County Commissioners made last night.

I’d add that President Trump’s executive action is simply enforcing federal law.

Specifically, the Refugee Act of 1980 requires consultation “with representatives of voluntary agencies and State and local governments.” That’s found in 8 U.S. Code §?1522 Clause B. Here’s the exact text of that part of the bill:

The Director shall develop and implement, in consultation with representatives of voluntary agencies and State and local governments, policies and strategies for the placement and resettlement of refugees within the United States.

It doesn’t say should, may or has the option of. It says that the federal government “shall develop and implement … policies and strategies for the placement and resettlement of refugees within the United States.”

I don’t doubt that Rep. Winkler doesn’t like Beltrami County’s decision. Elections have consequences, though, so if he doesn’t like the vote, he can run against one of the people who didn’t vote the way he wanted them to vote. Otherwise, he should shut his pie-hole. At minimum, he should deliver a speech saying that he’s retracting his threat.

The DFL governor has let the Minnesota Department of Human Services operate a slush fund within various programs, starting with the Child Care Access Program, aka CCAP, and programs for opioid addiction. The fraud in those programs literally run into the tens of millions of dollars. Now, the DFL House Majority Leader is threatening independent units of government because they didn’t do what he expected them to do.

This is gangster government at its worst. It should be utterly rejected this November.

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