GOP calls candidate's comments at Hugo protest "reprehensible"
August 17, 2020
Minnesota Republican leaders are criticizing as "reprehensible" a Black Lives Matter protest where a Minnesota House candidate shouted expletives within earshot of neighbors and children.
More than 100 people congregated outside Minneapolis police union president Bob Kroll's home in Hugo, where he lives with his wife, WCCO reporter Liz Collin. The rally on Saturday came as part of an effort calling for both Kroll and Collin to be fired from their jobs.
Two videos circulating on Twitter show John Thompson, a DFL activist who last week won his primary for House District 67A in St. Paul, wearing a shirt reading "Bob KKKroll Must Go!" and shouting into a microphone to the group of protesters, with neighbors and children nearby. One clip shows him saying "You think we give a [expletive] about burning Hugo down?" In another, he says "[Expletive] Hugo." Activists also smashed piñata effigies of the pair and took a knee before dispersing.