A Michigan state senator is now apologizing for wearing a face mask with what appeared to be a Confederate flag pattern.
State Sen. Dale Zorn, a Republican from Ida, apologized in a pair of Twitter posts Saturday for the face mask that he wore on the Michigan Senate floor on Friday.
“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,” Zorn said.
Zorn, in an interview with CNN affiliate WLNS, said his wife made the face mask for him and it was not a Confederate flag. He said that even if it were a Confederate flag, it represents a part of our history and we should be teaching about the “atrocities that happened during that time” so it doesn’t happen again.
He told WLNS the mask was a pattern similar to that of either the Kentucky or Tennessee flag.
“My actions were an error in judgment for which there are no excuses and I will learn from this episode,” he added in his apology statement on social media.