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Michigan senator apologizes for wearing face mask resembling Confederate flag

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Apr 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 22:41:46-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Republican State Senator Dale Zorn is apologizing Saturday after wearing a face mask with a pattern resembling the Confederate flag.

Zorn wore the mask Friday afternoon during a senate vote at the state capitol in Lansing.

According to the Associated Press, Zorn previously denied that the face covering — a red mask with blue stripes and white stars — was the Confederate flag, telling WLNS-TV on Friday that his wife made it and told him it was more similar to the Kentucky or Tennessee flag.

"I did not intend to offend anyone; however, I realize that I did, and for that I am sorry," the senator wrote on Twitter. "Those who know me best know that I do not support the things this pattern represents."

Read Senator Dale Zorn's full statement below:

“I’m sorry for my choice of pattern on the face mask I wore yesterday on the Senate floor. I did not intend to offend anyone; however, I realize that I did, and for that I am sorry. Those who know me best know that I do not support the things this pattern represents. My actions were an error in judgment for which there are no excuses and I will learn from this episode.”

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