Lawmaker Ignores Call to Give Up Position after Omar Post
Larsen said he would fight any attempt to be removed from the leadership position.
BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Senate’s top Republican says a fellow state senator is refusing to step down from a leadership position after posting a long-debunked photo that claims to be Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar holding a weapon at an al-Qaida training camp.
Majority Leader Rich Wardner and GOP Gov. Doug Burgum have called on state Sen. Oley Larsen to apologize and relinquish his position as president pro tempore.
Wardner says he spoke with Larsen on Tuesday night. He says Larsen told him he would fight any attempt to be removed from the leadership position. Wardner says Larsen believes he’s done nothing wrong.
Wardner says he will meet with the state Senate’s GOP caucus before deciding what to do next.
Larsen has said he is sorry for spreading “fake news” by posting the photo, but says he is not apologizing to Omar. Larsen says “there is ample evidence that she is grossly sympathetic to the cause of certain religious extremists.”