A leftist Minneapolis City Council candidate Margarita Ortega took to social media to encourage those who “feel like burning shit down” to make sure they did it in wealthy areas, not in the “poor community.”
Originally reported by Alpha News, in a Facebook post screenshot Tweeted by the ‘Crime Watch Minneapolis account,’ Ortega said “Just a personal thought — just in case y’all feel like burning shit down, the poor community is not your oppressors. FYI — lake of the isles has more then [sic] needed and won’t be missed.”
In a follow up Tweet, Minneapolis Crime Watch say residents of the area have contacted the police and it is being considered a “credible threat.”
FOLLOW UP: A resident from the Lake of the Isles area (and others) contacted MPD about @ritaforward9's comments & summarized the reply they got saying that it's being considered a "credible threat" & that person/s in MPD have forwarded the info to other units for investigation. pic.twitter.com/5pPbgaioil
— CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) April 17, 2021
Lake of the Isles, mentioned by Ortega as a target, has some of the area’s most luxurious homes and are often owned by the city’s wealthiest residents.
Ortega’s comments come after the shooting of Daunte Wright by Brooklyn Center Police, which has sparked a new round of protests and rioting.
Ortega made a follow up post, in the screenshot above, attempting to justify her statement because the wealthy “have the insurance and means to rebuild.”
“Division has been created and continues not by my hands. I’m not the greedy one living in million dollar mansions while people are sleeping in tents and on the street,” Ortega said.
A look at her campaign website reveals Ortega has been a policy aide at Minneapolis City Hall and spent 10 years working in city government.
Ortega was published in the Washington Post Monday and said she has “always felt we’ve never really needed the police.”
She took to Twitter just after the Wright shooting and said, “The only way forward is abolishing the police. No institution should be allowed to murder in our communities with impunity. As a mother my prayers are with Daunte Wright and his family. He should be alive right now.”
The only way forward is abolishing the police. No institution should be allowed to murder in our communities with impunity. As a mother my prayers are with Daunte Wright and his family. He should be alive right now.
— Rita Ortega for Ward 9 (@ritaforward9) April 12, 2021
As always, you get what you vote for. We will watching to see what happens in the election.