BISMARCK—Today, Rick Berg, Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party (“NDGOP”) made the following statement in response to the financial support senior members of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL (“ND Dem-NPL”)’s executive committee – including from, most notably, Chairwoman Kylie Overson – have provided to a violent, left wing extremist. Thomas Alexander Starks was arrested after wielding an axe at the office of Senator John Hoeven in Fargo, drawing financial support—instead of clear condemnation—from top ND Dem-NPL officials.
“It is inexcusable that Chairwoman Overson would be personally involved in supporting a far-left extremist whose violent actions constitute an assault on our democracy. Video evidence leaves little in doubt about this attack, so it is unfathomable why ND Dem-NPL officials would lend their name and financial support to a man they refer to as ‘innocent.’ I want to thank our brave men and women of the Fargo Police Department for their diligent pursuit of justice in this matter, as well as Senator Hoeven for being an excellent public servant for all North Dakotans. We will not be intimidated by violence and extremism – even when it is explicitly and sadly endorsed by our opposition.”