Dem-NPL Chairman Warren Larson issued the following statement regarding Representative Rick Becker’s (R-Bismarck) offensive Facebook post.
“Representative Becker’s Facebook post is offensive to victims of sexual assault and violence and beneath the office he holds. His refusal to apologize and the fact that he is fundraising off this controversy shows his indifference to the pain sexual assault victims face everyday.”
It is outrageous that Governor Burgum, the ND GOP, and ND GOP leaders continue to remain silent on this issue and show they apparently support his repulsive post and will put the members of their party over the people of North Dakota.”
Representative Rick Becker shared a photo to his professional campaign page, that some think insensitively portrays how the government treats people who need assistance.
Several comments on Becker’s post raise concern for the disregard of making light of male rape. Some say this is inappropriate for a sitting ND politician to speak, and that it continues to degrade speech about sexual assault. He captioned the post with, “OMG! HAHAHAHAHA”
Representative Becker has not returned our phone calls for comment.
We also reached out to the ND GOP, the Dem-NPL, the governor’s office, and both Senate and House minority and majority leaders for comment on the post. The governor’s office did not wish to comment.
House majority leader, Rep. Chet Pollert issued the following statement:
“I find the post to be in very poor taste and have encouraged Representative Becker to delete it. I do not condone this type of message,” says Pollert.
At the time this article was published, the post has not been deleted.