Following an explosive investigative report by Project Veritas, South Carolina Democratic State Sen. Krystle Matthews is being called upon by members of her own party to withdraw from her attempt to unseat Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) less than two months before election day.
In July, Project Veritas released an undercover video of Matthews speaking in a personal conversation to a prison inmate about her upcoming campaign for Senate.
She used racially inflammatory language while encouraging criminal activity related to election procedures. She said that getting “folks to wear all black at night” while tearing down election signs and using straw donations to fraudulently funnel money to political candidates were good ideas.
She also encouraged the use of “secret sleepers” to run as if they are Republicans when they are actually Democrats to trick voters.
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) September 7, 2022
If it were not enough to show that Matthews should not be running for any public office, Project Veritas released additional audio recordings on Wednesday disclosing her true feelings about White South Carolina voters.
She said White voters have to be treated “like s***” adding, “That’s the only way they’ll respect you.”
Describing her current constituents in what she called a “mostly White district,” Matthews said, “I keep them right here — like under my thumbs. Otherwise, they get out of control — like kids.”
Matthews has admitted to reporters that it is in fact her voice on the recordings, but has attempted to brush the story off as being a “tongue-in-cheek” series of statements.
“State Representative Krystle Matthews, who is currently the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, is toxic. Her actions and words do not represent the values of the Democratic Party,” Rep. Justin Bamberg, a Democrat, writes. | Opinion https://t.co/1aySFo9TOv
— The State Newspaper (@thestate) September 8, 2022
Democrat South Carolina State Rep. Justin Bamberg wrote an opinion piece published by The State on Thursday in which he described Matthews’ “toxicity” as “not acceptable for the citizens in South Carolina and it is certainly not acceptable from a sitting member of the S.C. House of Representatives.”
Bamberg, who is Black, went on to declare that if any White member of the legislature said the same things about Black citizens, the “minority community, including myself, would be up in arms calling for that member’s resignation.”
He went on in the op-ed to call on Matthews to immediately resign from the state legislature and suspend her campaign for U.S. Senate.
Bamberg was joined by Democrat candidate for South Carolina governor Joe Cunningham and state Sen. Brad Hutto (D) in demanding that Matthews consider withdrawing from the Senate race and politics altogether.
Republicans in the state have also reacted to Matthews’ comment in shock. South Carolina GOP Chair Drew McKissick told local media that Matthews “has made it clear that she is unfit to hold public office.”