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Tue Oct 19, 2021, 09:48 PM

Black Iowa Democratic chair gets lynching threat over Trump essay

Source: the Courier.com



THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press Oct 19, 2021 Updated 38 min ago




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Ross Wilburn, who is also a state representative from Ames, reported the threatening phone and email messages to local police and state investigators. The messages came after The Des Moines Register’s online publication of Wilburn’s op-ed on Oct. 8, the day before thousands of Trump supporters gathered at the Iowa State Fairgrounds for the rally. Several in the crowd carried Confederate flags.

Wilburn’s experience is part of an uptick in racist and threatening communications aimed at Black leaders in Iowa and across the country, according to targets of the communications and a group that monitors them. The rise in threats against public officials began with the start of the pandemic as COVID-19 restrictions were implemented and continued through the divisive 2020 election, according to the Southern Law Poverty Law Center.


“With only some of our political leaders condemning that violence appropriately, these extremists are getting the message that making threats of violence is an acceptable way of doing business here,” said Michael Hayden, a researcher with the nonprofit group that tracks far-right figures and organizations.
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Wilburn, party chair since January and a legislator since 2019, wrote in his op-ed that Trump “openly attacked the foundations of our democracy” by continuing to assert that widespread fraud had cost him the 2020 election, false claims that have been rejected by a succession of judges, by state election officials and by Trump’s own attorney general, William Barr. The claims led supporters of Trump to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s victory, Wilburn noted......................................

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Geezzzzzz.. Horrible that this is happening. It is getting worse as the weeks go by.



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Rep. Ross Wilburn, D-Ames, speaks June 4, 2020, during a news conference outside of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
Kelsey Kremer, The Des Moines Register via AP, File

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riversedge Oct 19 OP
summer_in_TX Oct 19 #1
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Solly Mack Oct 19 #3
Rhiannon12866 Oct 20 #4
certainot Oct 20 #5
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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 09:52 PM

1. Intimidation.

Scare normal, decent people enough so they keep their mouths shut and don't rock the boat.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 09:56 PM

2. first off , i hope he has protection.

i want to get this off my chest.
we brought blacks against their will to service us for free. a war was fought about that and the bright side won. you lost . grrr dont you get it and abe lincolin set them free and these ppl hve been hounding them for years. enough is enough leave them a alone .

you bet im mad !@#$%^&*() grr.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Tue Oct 19, 2021, 11:16 PM

3. Those who have made threats should be arrested.

I do believe that racists have already proven they are only too happy to engage in violence. As evidenced by hundreds of years of continued violence against black people by racists.

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Wed Oct 20, 2021, 12:34 AM

4. Here's Lawrence O'Donnell's interview with him on MSNBC tonight:

Black Iowa Democrat Gets Lynching Threat For Criticizing Trump - The Last Word - MSNBC
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017688382

"It really has to stop." The first Black Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party Ross Wilburn describes to Lawrence O'Donnell receiving multiple racist threats with the n-word, including a lynching threat, just for writing an opinion piece critical of Donald Trump. Aired on 10/19/2021.

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Wed Oct 20, 2021, 07:37 AM

5. and 2 iowa universities support 5 xlimbaugh stations which followed limbaugh's lead denying covid

callling it a hoax at first, then politicizing masks and vaccinations in support of trump's bullshit - basically setting up this irrational republican teabag reaction

IOWA 5 Iowa 4, Iowa St. 1

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Wed Oct 20, 2021, 07:46 AM

6. It's funny how they use the "deplorables" moniker ironically.

Stuff like this proves they actually are pieces of shit and the name completely fits the definition.

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Wed Oct 20, 2021, 08:56 AM

7. Ronald Reagan outlawed open carry when he was gov. of California.

He signed the Mulford act.
The NRA supported the bill. Splain that NRA?
The reason this bill passed is because the Black Panthers in California started open carrying guns. Apparently Black Americans were allowed to open carry guns. Who knew??? The Black Panthers also started following police and giving fellow Americans legal advice. While legally open carrying. Guess how that went over?
Mr Wilburn should start open carrying and all his supporters should start open carrying. These conservative pukes need a history lesson. Well except conservatives don't want to teach history. Stupid history!

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