After the Dar Al Farooq Youth and Family Center was bombed last weekend, community members quickly organized a rally to show their support. Over 1,000 people attended the Tuesday rally. Community leaders and local politicians, including former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) turned out to show their support.
Rep. Erik Paulsen, whose Third Congressional District includes Bloomington, did not attend. He was on vacation with his family. But looking at his tweets, one would never know that.
On the day of the event, he tweeted an image from the rally with the caption, “Outpouring of support for Dar Al-Farooq in Bloomington this evening shows a community is there for them. They are not alone. We are united.”
The image was actually taken by his district director, John-Paul Yates.
Paulsen’s misleading tweet garnered a swift and critical reaction on Twitter:
The solidarity rally was the second major recent event that Paulsen has skipped. Last month, he was absent from an Independence Day parade. Protesters critical of Paulsen’s support for the Republican healthcare bill marched in his place.
The FBI is still investigating who planted the improvised bomb at the Dar Al Farooq Center and why.
Featured image via YouTube.