Saint Paul city councilman feels heat for social media posts

A Somali-American Saint Paul, MN city councilman under fire for anti-gay social media posts from the past few years is under the gun to apologize and resign.

Kassim Busuri, who represents the city’s Sixth Ward as an interim council member, said in a news release Sunday he believes “there is a fracture within the Muslim community and the LGBTQ community” and that “condemning someone for past comments is not the answer.”

Comments that Busuri posted on his Facebook page in 2013, 2014 and 2015 came to light last week, after he was absent for a council vote Wednesday on a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and June 2019 Pride month. Busuri was the only council member not listed as a resolution sponsor.

Tyler Blackmon, a Minnesota DFL party staffer who read the resolution with Council Member Mitra Jalali Nelson before the council vote, later tweeted screenshots of Busuri’s posts. In them, Busuri made supportive comments about a CEO’s anti-gay remarks and a Ugandan law that criminalizes homosexuality. A third post commented on another man’s appearance, saying “no homo but he looked great.”

Typical. Only showing contrition once these issues are unearthed. No excuse for this guy. At least he doesn’t represent my ward.

Michael L. Douglas @doctorpundit

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