FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2016
Contact: Theo Menon
Co-Chair, Minnesota College Republicans
MNCRs Statement on Tragedy in Orlando and Response to University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Student Body President
MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Early yesterday morning, the deadliest mass shooting to take place on US soil since Wounded Knee occurred in a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. The Islamic State has taken responsibility for this attack. The Minnesota College Republicans condemn the attack, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in this trying time.
Merely hours after the attacks, the President-Elect of the Minnesota Student Association at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities released a statement on her Facebook profile blaming these attacks on Republicans, Christians and “cisnormativity”. Her statement is not only offensive to the hundreds of conservative students at the University of Minnesota and the millions of conservatives in this country, it is cruel and invalidates the experience of the victims of this terrible attack. The MNCRs believe that it is key that we, as Americans, unite in the face of terror and extremism.
The fact that these attacks were morphed into an attack on conservatives, Christians and caucasians is an utter disgrace to the victims of Orlando as well as on all students who identify as Christian, conservative, or even moderate—particularly because this attack comes from one of the most powerful students on the University of Minnesota’s campus. Because of this, the President-Elect of the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Student Association, Abeer Syedah, should apologize to the victims in Orlando, as well as the thousands of Christian and conservative students in the Minnesota College system who are offended by her statement. The Minnesota College Republicans will continue to fight ignorant and bigoted statements such as the MSA’s President-Elect’s, as well as continue to be a fighting voice for conservative ideologies on college campuses throughout Minnesota.