Iowa Democratic Party chairman says he was threatened with LYNCHING and called the n-word for writing an op-ed criticizing Trump and his supporters
- The head of the Iowa Democratic Party said he was threatened with lynching and called the n-word after penning an op-ed critical of ex-President Donald Trump
- Chairman Ross Wilburn told the Des Moines Register he received two threatening phone messages and a threatening email
- Wilburn, who represents Ames, Iowa in the state House, is the first black chairman of the state party
- ‘The voicesmails include very explicit language. Every other word was the n-word,’ he told the Register
- Wilburn told the newspaper that he will press charges if those who made threats are caught
Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn, the first black chairman of the Iowa party, was threatened with lynching and called the n-word after penning an op-ed critical of former President Donald Trump.
Wilburn told The Des Moines Register that he received two threatening phone messages and a threatening email to his work account, which all made references to what he wrote in the opinion column.
‘The voicemails include very explicit language. Every other word was the n-word,’ said Wilburn, who represents Ames in the state House.
Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn, the first black chairman of the Iowa party, was threatened with lynching and called the n-word after penning an op-ed critical of former President Donald Trump
Ames Police Cmdr. Jason Tuttle confirmed to the Register that his department is investigating the threats.
Because of the ongoing probe Wilburn said he couldn’t share more about the threats, but he did remark on the ‘intensity’ of the language.
‘What stood out this time was the language that was used – specifically, the very direct statement about lynching,’ Wilburn said. ‘And I got angry about that – that people feel that they can come in and make you feel less than human, subhuman, with that type of reference to lynching.’
‘There’s the history behind that and trying to intimidate blacks, intimidate African-Americans,’ he continued.
Wilburn told the newspaper that he will press charges if those who made threats are caught.
‘So that folks know that there are consequences for that type of behavior,’ Wilburn said.
Wilburn also told the Register he believed Trump heightened tensions that already existed in the U.S.
‘I don’t think there’s any question that he was a catalyst during his administration and since then, for how hateful rhetoric can translate into serious threats against people of color,’ he said.
‘I just hate to see that type of hate existing in the country, and particularly here in Iowa,’ the party chairman added.
Wilburn penned the op-ed ahead of Trump’s October 9 Des Moines rally.
‘His incompetence killed Americans, gifted corporations and pharmaceutical companies trillions of dollars in tax cuts at the expense of the middle class, and created new incentives to ship jobs away from our country,’ said Wilburn, the former mayor of Iowa City.
Wilburn also hammered Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley for agreeing to appear alongside Trump.
Grassley, indeed, stood onstage with Trump at the Des Moines rally.
‘Yet on Saturday, Grassley will happily share the stage with Trump, showing all of us that he’s turned into the typical politician he claims to despise,’ Wilburn said.
‘It’s not just Grassley; the entire Republican Party of Iowa is welcoming Trump with open arms proving once again that they have completely surrendered themselves to a man who not only openly attacked the foundations of our democracy, but also has shown disdain for our Constitution, and failed to help the American people when we needed it most,’ Wilburn added.