State rep says tweet had nothing to do with Mpls election

Having apologized for a tweet that seemed aimed at the election of two transgender candidates to the Minneapolis City Council, an Alexandria, Minn., state representative is now saying it had nothing to do with the election.

After Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham were elected on Nov. 7, Franson tweeted, “A guy who thinks he’s a girl is still a guy with a mental condition.”

In the wake of criticism about the tweet, Franson issued an online apology a day later.

“There are times I don’t practice kindness. For that I am sorry,” Franson said.

While I do believe that one can’t change their gender based on their feelings, I didn’t need to tweet out my thoughts. God created man and woman but then sin entered the world and disrupted his perfect plan. He then sent His one and only son, Jesus, to take away our sins and to restore a broken relationship with God.

I should have shown grace and not come across the way I did. For that I apologize.

I do not apologize for not conforming to the PC world where I’m supposed to go along with fantasy and participate in it. This isn’t the first time I’ve offended the social justice warriors and it won’t be the last.

The Alexandria Echo Press reports that Franson is now saying the tweet had nothing to do with the Minneapolis council members-elect.

In an email to the newspaper on Monday, Franson said her tweet had nothing to do with the Minneapolis City Council. “Media just made up some fake news,” she said.

When asked to clarify what prompted the tweet, Franson declined to comment on the record.

Franson said that the issue is over as far as she’s concerned. She described the media coverage as a “nothing burger story.”

  • MrE85

    “I didn’t need to tweet out my thoughts.”

    But you did.

    “For that I apologize. I do not apologize…”

    There’s her message, summed up in 8 words.

    The original tweet was bad enough. The lies just make it worse.

  • She might as well have said, “I didn’t direct my bigotry toward specific individuals in Minneapolis. My bigotry was more general in nature.”

  • jon

    Meanwhile in Germany:
    http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/08/europe/germany-court-intersex-children/index.html

    This is where the religious right loses me… “God created man and woman” Except god created DNA that allows for some 1% of people to not be born as strictly man or woman, and their narrow view of a binary world is clearly demonstrable false (she can argue if it’s because of sin, or radiation, or giant reptilian overlords who control our thoughts, don’t care, the fact that it IS makes her statement demonstrable false.)

    So they need to update their worldview to accommodate this new information… while they are at it I suggest they update their worldview to see gender as a spectrum.

    (I know I shouldn’t have to sell gender identity as a spectrum to the far right, they’ve already made it clear that liberal men are far less men, than conservative men, so clearly a spectrum exists and they’ve acknowledged it… So why they deny it when confronted with it is kind of insane…)

  • RBHolb

    Good job making the whole thing go away, Rep. Franson. Bring it up again, and deny it had anything to do with the obvious prompt.

  • MikeB

    My beer drinking has nothing to do with my waistline. And quit bringing up my beer drinking. Cuz I don’t drink beer. But my beer drinking has nothing to do with my waistline.

  • Rob

    God must truly love bigots and fools, as there are so many of them.

  • Jerry

    I feel bad for Melisa Franzen every time Mary Franson says something stupid.

  • Lindsey

    Mary Franson is why people are afraid to call themselves religious.

    I wonder who is teaching her theology, as the Bible does not say anything about gender or transgender.

  • Jeff

    While I agree with the sentiments in the comments, all she is doing is expressing the frustration of rural conservatives with what they see as having someone else’s morality shoved down their throats. I don’t know if they are redeemable, but I’m guessing they see themselves as bigots and calling them bigots doesn’t get us anywhere but feels sanctimonious to me.

    • // someone else’s morality shoved down their throats

      What does that mean, specifically? Are the councillors in Mpls requiring her to be transgender?

      Or is that she’s saying they should adhere to her beliefs? And wouldn’t that be a better example of shoving someone else’s definition of morality down their throats?

      And what does it mean to be moral, anyway?

      • Jeff

        I don’t know. I can’t defend her point of view. I was trying to make a larger point that there’s a whole lot of people out there who feel us big city liberals are destroying their way of life, etc. I don’t agree with this, but I don’t think you can persuade anyone until you understand their point of view.

        • What does it mean to “understand” a point of view that a trans person is “mentally ill”?

          • Jeff

            Maybe not the right word. “Know” her point of view? I don’t think I’m saying anything profound. Maybe her views might change if she met a few trans people and got to know them if she’s the Christian she says she is. But shouting her down and people like her probably isn’t going to be persuasive.

          • I don’t think anyone is trying to persuade her. Ultimately, she is responsible for what she says as an elected public official because she represents her district and the people in it. People in elected positions simply don’t get shelter from examination.

          • Jerry

            “Understand” is not the same as “accept”

          • So….. again…. “What does it mean to understand a point of view that a trans person is mentally ill?”

          • Jerry

            It means you can’t change what someone believes without knowing why they believe it.

          • She pretty much said why she believes it in her “apology”

          • Jerry

            Is that her reason or her excuse?

          • You’d have to ask her

        • Andy K.

          I’m reminded of this quote often, especially as of late: “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.”

  • Tim o’Bedlam

    oh whatever. “Not about the election”? The day after the election? I’m not buying it. There’s no way Mary Franson is *that* dumb, and I’m insulted that she thinks *we* are. And her predictable attack on “social justice warriors” is very telling. Where I come from, not commenting on someone’s sexual or gender orientation isn’t being a social justice warrior, it’s called “politeness” with a big hint of “mind your own business”.

  • Gary Leatherman

    These two quotes together are precious.

    God created man and woman but then sin entered the world and disrupted his perfect plan. He then sent His one and only son, Jesus, to take away our sins and to restore a broken relationship with God.

    I do not apologize for not conforming to the PC world where I’m supposed to go along with fantasy and participate in it.

  • AmiSchwab

    this stupid woman can stay and al’s gotta go. whatever.

  • Jack

    Her hat explains it all.