RantCrush Top 5: August 7, 2017

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Minnesota Governor Calls Bombing of Mosque Act of Terrorism

Early on Saturday morning, an explosive device went off in a suburban Minneapolis mosque. The bomb damaged the building but no people were harmed. The mosque mainly serves residents from Minneapolis’ large Somali community. Yesterday, Governor Mark Dayton called the bombing an act of terrorism. “What a terrible, dastardly, cowardly terrible act this was that was committed yesterday,” he said while visiting the site. There are no suspects and the FBI is currently trying to determine whether it was a hate crime.

The governor emphasized that intolerance is not what Minnesota stands for. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota) said he is hoping for comments from President Donald Trump condemning the violence. So far, that has not happened. But a GoFundMe page had raised over $37,000 in support of the mosque by this morning.

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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