A state representative has apologized for a tweet in which he used a word considered a slur against the mentally retarded. 
KXMB reports Minot Representative Roscoe Streyle responded to a recent post on Twitter where he called another Tweeter a "libtard."

KX says the exchange happened Friday, and this week, "a petition was started at a website called Change.org, calling for Streyle to be removed from the legislature."

Mr. Streyle says he has no plans to step down.

The representative said he will be more careful about his choice of words in the future: "The way I look at the four letters is 'stupid and annoying.' Is that right to say that about somebody? No of course it isn't. I wouldn't want someone to say that about me so I shouldn't do it back. I should be held to a higher standard as a public official and this would fall outside the realm of what we should be acting like."

[Source: KXMB]

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