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Letter: Cristianson's actions are concerning

I have been sporadically following the issue of City Councilman Ron Christianson in Willmar commenting on certain social media posts. As has been asserted, such activity is clearly protected by the First Amendment.

However, as most folks know, Article IV, Section 8 of the Minnesota Constitution requires that elected municipal officials take an oath of office thereby affirming that they will uphold, among other things, the U.S. Constitution.

It appears that some of the posts in question advocate extra-judicial removal of certain citizens and legal residents based on their purported religion or country of origin or, even, alleged low IQ.

These goals are not only discriminatory but, more importantly, call for actions that may violate both the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. (Please see Section 1.)

These and similar rights are also granted to residents of Minnesota in several sections of Article 1 of the state Constitution.

This may be legitimate cause for concern as, one would hope, elected officials should not in any manner support actions that are unconstitutional.

Martin Demgen

Minneapolis

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