South Carolina state representative and candidate for US Senate Krystle Matthews, who was exposed this past week for stating that white people need to be treated “like sh*t,” is facing calls from Democrat colleagues to leave the race as the scandal unfolds and her poll numbers continue to fall.
The Democrat nominee was captured in a video talking to an undercover journalist for Project Veritas where she repeatedly maligns her constituents. “My district is slightly Republican, and it’s heavily white,” Matthews explained. “I’m no stranger to white people, I’m from a mostly white town.”
“And let me tell you one thing,” the Senate candidate continued. “You oughta know who you’re dealing with, like… you gotta treat them like sh*t, like I mean, that’s the only way they’ll respect you.”
“I keep them right here, like under my thumbs. That’s where I keep it, like… you have to, like, otherwise they get out of control like kids,” she said, adding, “So, for me, I know other people are tip-toeing around them. And I’m like ‘yo, that’s some white sh*t. I ain’t doing that.”
The video comes after the state representative was similarly exposed in a leaked phone call released last June with David Solomon Ballard, an inmate at the Perry Correctional Institution in Pelzer. In the call, Ballard said that he would connect her with a member of the “Bloods,” an infamous street gang, according to the Post Millennial.
In response to the video, prominent members of the South Carolina Democrat Party have called for her to step down as the nominee challenging Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) including state Rep. Justin Bamberg, state Senator Brad Hutto, and gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham, per the Associated Press.
“State Representative Krystle Matthews, who is currently the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, is toxic,” stated Rep. Justin Bamberg in an op-ed released Thursday. “Her actions and words do not represent the values of the Democratic Party nor do they meet the moral standards by which many of us hold ourselves to and strive to live by.”
“No candidate, let alone a sitting member of the S.C. House, should encourage or joke about violating state or federal election laws just to get extra votes. She did that,” he continued. “Gangs in our state are too often responsible for the unnecessary loss of life and wasting of brilliant minds for so many young men in the black community.”
“I am tired of funerals and being able to do nothing for crying mothers. The only conversation that need be had with any gang is one of encouragement — to change your life before it’s too late,” Bamberg explained, adding, “Instead, Ms. Matthews wants to use them for political gain, encouraging these young men to hide affiliations just for votes, even if it means our young black men will still find themselves in prison or the graveyard. I will never support that.”
“If any of our white counterparts had said the same thing with regards to blacks, the minority community, including myself, would be up in arms calling for that member’s immediate resignation,” the state representative added.
“There is absolutely no place in our political discourse,” stated Cunningham to the Associated Press. “The Democratic Party cannot and should not tolerate such behavior from our elected officials and candidates.”
Catherine Fleming Bruce, one of the Democrats who Matthews defeated in the primary for the Senate nomination said that the candidate, “has made it impossible for her to be that standard bearer, representing our state’s diverse population.”
Democrats in the state have reached a breaking point with Matthews and hopefully, she resigns from the race in disgrace. Even if she doesn’t Sen. Tim Scott will defeat her in a landslide in November and her political career will surely be over.
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