Republican lawmaker who deleted her Twitter after fight with teens just lashed out on Facebook

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A Republican state lawmaker in Minnesota just used the most paranoid excuse possible to avoid meeting with teenagers in her district because they don’t hold her same political viewpoint.

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State Rep. Mary Franson (R-MN) made headlines this weekend when she freaked out after the student organization AAHS Dems, a chapter of the Minnesota High School Democrats, asked her for a meeting as her constituents to discuss political issues. That’s when Franson decided to censor the students on Twitter (see below) by blocking them, and of course, she refused to hold a meeting.

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Now, Rep. Franson has taken to Facebook with her sordid attacks on the students of the Alexandria Area High School one step further and created a putrid excuse not to meet her constituents; she is paranoid that the high school students will turn her in for being a sexual predator.

ThinkProgress reports that this is Franson’s authentic Facebook screenshots:

Source: State Rep. Mary Franson’s Facebook/ThinkProgress

If that wasn’t bad enough, the paranoid Minnesota Republican continued on her rant by claiming that no elected official would meet a student organization which isn’t of their same political party.

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Taking things one giant second conspiracy theory leap forward, Franson compared the students to Antifa, the sparse and unorganized anti-fascist organization that has shown up at Nazi rallies and have come to be reviled by America’s hard-right, authoritarian Republican politicians.

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ThinkProgress’s Aaron Rupar reports:

Source: State Rep. Mary Franson’s Facebook/ThinkProgress

It’s illegal for government officials to block citizens on social media as, under the Constitution’s First Amendment, it is considered content-based censorship.

While it’s not illegal for a public official to refuse a meeting with his or her constituents, it’s morally wrong for them to get into office and treat people of different political persuasions as second-class citizens, or – worse yet – to publicly vilify students who are learning American civics while still in school.

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But Republican State Rep. Mary Franson has just done both the illegal and immoral acts described above.

However, as a public servant, Mary Franson cannot lawfully block or censor anyone from sending their grievances to her official email account at rep.mary.franson@house.mn or contacting her office at 800-709-0796 to express their grievances.

That’s also a First Amendment protected right.

H/T Aaron Rupar at ThinkProgress

Grant Stern

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Grant Stern is a columnist for the Washington Press. He's also mortgage broker, writer, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida.

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