The senator, a Republican, had apologized in a pair of Twitter posts the following day. He told CNN affiliate WLNS that his wife made the face mask for him, and it was not a Confederate flag.
The NAACP branches sent a letter to Zorn, demanding he step down from his position as senator of Michigan’s 17th District, calling his action insensitive to his constituents and “inappropriate for any elected official.”
“Following your actions, protestors wave Confederate flags and incited violence at the State Capitol,” the letter said.
The NAACP has denounced the waving of Confederate flags, swastikas and “threatening signs aimed at the Governor.”
CNN has reached out to Zorn’s office for comment, but didn’t receive an immediate response.
In his tweet, Zorn said: “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 told WLNS 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.