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Grand Rapids senator tweet compares homeless camps to camping

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ST. PAUL, MN -- Controversy Tuesday, surrounding Grand Rapids state senator Justin Eichorn, and a video he posted today on Twitter.

According to the Star Tribune, the Republican lawmaker tweeted a video of himself standing in front of a homeless camp in St. Paul.

Sen. Eichorn asked why people can't go camping up north, while the homeless are allowed to set up tents in the city.

The text that accompanied the now-deleted tweet read "we've got a nice little tent city set up here".

Sen. Eichorn received immediate criticism claiming he used the homeless as a prop.

In a statement, Sen. Eichorn said:

"The video posted today was an attempt to convince the Governor to take heed of the dismal economic conditions folks in my district and across Minnesota are facing. In Northern Minnesota, we rely on tourism, timber, and taconite to keep our communities alive, and because of this pandemic, all three industries are struggling immensely. The video may have missed the mark, but Governor Walz's blanket extension of the stay-at-home order only exasperates the pain that my constituency feels. Instead of advocating for a one-size-fits-all strategy, and slowly moving the knobs, I will continue to advocate for Governor Walz to work proactively with businesses across the state who have developed responsible plans that will allow Minnesota to safely open up."

Reporter Anthony Matt

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