Gov. Walz criticizes DFL official for ‘murder boat’ remark

FILE - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz addresses a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in St. Paul,...
FILE - Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz addresses a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)(Jim Mone | AP)
Updated: Jun. 18, 2019 at 2:53 PM CDT
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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Tim Walz is criticizing a Minnesota Democratic party official for describing a Navy ship as a ``murder boat.''

Walz, a Democrat who served in the military, said he was ``totally appalled'' by a tweet from William Davis, the deputy communications director for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. In his weekend tweet, Davis called the newly christened USS Minneapolis-St. Paul a ``murder boat.''

Davis deleted the tweet Monday after he was sharply criticized, and said he meant no disrespect for soldiers. He said he was ``talking about a weapon of war.''

Walz said the DFL should ``take appropriate response'' to Davis’s remarks. Ken Martin, the state party chairman, said Davis had deleted his account and would no longer be handling ``public-facing communications'' for the party.

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