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After previously denying that his red mask with blue stripes and white stars was the Confederate flag, Dale Zorn (R-MI) took to Twitter this Saturday and apologized, writing that he’s 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,” he wrote. “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,” he added.
Speaking to CBS affiliate WLNS-TV 6 on Friday, Zorn said his wife made him the mask.
“It was not a Confederate flag,” he said. “I think even if it was a Confederate flag, you know, we should be talking about teaching our national history in schools. And that’s part of our national history, and it’s something we can’t just throw away because it is part of our history. And if we want to make sure that the atrocities that happened during that time doesn’t happen again, we should be teaching it. Our kids should know what that flag stands for.”
Watch WLNS’s report on the story below: