MINOT, N.D. – State Rep. Roscoe Streyle, R-Minot, has apologized after facing backlash for making a derogatory comment in response to a person on Twitter.
Streyle said on his Twitter account Friday that a person who had responded to one of his tweets is a, "libtard."
Streyle said the back-and-forth with the person went back to last year when Pres. Trump visited North Dakota.
He apologized for making the remark to the person and has since privatized his account, though he did say a petition online for him to leave office was "ridiculous" but would not comment further.
“I used a bad word choice and said some things I shouldn't have. I'm human. I make mistakes, and I apologize, and, you know, it wasn't right, I don't have any defense for it. It just shouldn't have been said that way. Of all the, all the things that are said by any elected official, I mean there's a lot of stuff that gets said that's not right and I said lots, numerous things that aren't right and I probably shouldn't say, but being singled out here is what it feels like, and I should, it was improper word, and I shouldn't have said it.,” said Streyle.
State Sen. Erin Oban, D-Bismarck, responded to news reports of the incident on Twitter, writing, "I'm glad Rep. Streyle was finally called out. IMHO, it makes all of us as legislators look bad when he talks, behaves like this, & he does it time & time again. I don't care if he justifies it w/ a nonexistent definition or that ‘the President does it’. It's wrong.”