*This article has been updated.
On Tuesday afternoon, Native Twitter began to spread news first reported by The Kansas City Star concerning Sharice Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Davids is the Democratic candidate for Kansas' Third Congressional District challenging the Republican incumbent, Representative Kevin Yoder.
Indian Country Today picked up the story and from there it began to spread on social media.
The issue concerned Michael Kalny—an elected GOP official in Kansas—and a Facebook message he sent to Anne Pritchett, president of the Johnson County Democratic Women’s north chapter. In his Sunday night Facebook message, Republican precinct committeeman Kalny stated:
"Little Ms. Pritchett- you and your comrades stealth attack on Yoder is going to blow up in your leftist face. The REAL REPUBLICANS will remember what the scum DEMONRATS tried to do to Kavanaugh in November."
"Your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation."
Facebook message from Michael Kalny to Anne Pritchett. (Twitter)
Indian Country Today characterized the GOP official's comments as "Mean. Sad. Racist." when they shared the story on Twitter.
Mean. Sad. Racist. Pick the word. Kansas GOP official attacks Sharice Davids. #NativeVote18 #SheRepresents https://t.co/MRiBlP8kOe— Indian Country Today (@Indian Country Today) 1539123979.0
However when asked for comment about the racist, sexist and homophobic attack against her, Davids remained gracious toward the GOP. She stated:
"[Kalny's message] doesn’t represent Kansas values, and it doesn’t represent the values of the Republicans we know, many who support this campaign."
Native leaders and activists amplified the story and corrected one of Kalny's assumptions about "Indians."
While this is heinous, racist, and anti-LGBTQ it is also ignorant. The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin doesn't have a… https://t.co/HPhCvHhIBn— Jacqueline Keeler (@Jacqueline Keeler) 1539129500.0
Davids grew up on military bases, not a reservation. Many Natives in the United States have never lived on a reservation.
Davids' single Mother was a member of the US Army for over 20 years followed by a career in civil service at the US Post Office. Davids graduated from Leavenworth High School and considers herself a proud Kansan.
As Native people continued to spread the story to let people know the type of comments Native people routinely face...
Republican precinct committeeman, Michael Kalny, ends a social media temper tantrum with racist jab at… https://t.co/v6XBeFh0Ow— Johnnie Jae aka The Brown Ball of Fury (@Johnnie Jae aka The Brown Ball of Fury) 1539126398.0
Kansas GOP official lashes out at Democratic congressional candidate Sharice Davids: “your radical socialist kick b… https://t.co/o8nl780CWK— R u t h H o p k i n s (@R u t h H o p k i n s) 1539121756.0
Donate to Sharice’s campaign here: https://t.co/lHwc5vkPEU https://t.co/5UVPnCsDuF— R u t h H o p k i n s (@R u t h H o p k i n s) 1539121806.0
An elected Kansas GOP official called Sharice Davids, a member of Ho Chunk Nation and candidate for the U.S. House,… https://t.co/DH2AMKheTU— Nick Martin (@Nick Martin) 1539119409.0
@RuthHHopkins WOW! How many insults can one create in one sentence??! This kind of venom is so frightening that the… https://t.co/8Mu8MZfGix— Serenity Foods (@Serenity Foods) 1539122050.0
@RuthHHopkins Lets help her out! https://t.co/rcDO7CHMI6— Martie Simmons (@Martie Simmons) 1539124780.0
...it came to the attention of EMILY's List—an organization that aims to help elect Democratic female candidates. EMILY's List had previously endorsed Davids. Davids also earned endorsements from former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
A Kansas GOP official called @sharicedavids a “radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian" who would "be sent bac… https://t.co/4mW6Hpvxxp— EMILY's List (@EMILY's List) 1539192754.0
Show @sharicedavids that our entire community is standing with her. Donate to help her win and flip this seat in No… https://t.co/Kthr7HZFPV— EMILY's List (@EMILY's List) 1539192838.0
From there, the word spread quickly with people pledging their support for the "radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian." More than a few had a message for Kalny as well regarding his choice of insults.
People did not think being a "radical socialist kick boxing lesbian" Native was a bad thing.
I for one, welcome our Radical, Kickboxing, Socialist, Lesbian Overlords. Certainly the heroes we need, not the her… https://t.co/7jntpeKr9f— Danny F***in' Kaye (@Danny F***in' Kaye) 1539125431.0
Sharice Davids is likely going to Congress, not “back to the reservation” https://t.co/GPyj1NE44V— New York Magazine (@New York Magazine) 1539130846.0
Count me in for the radical socialist kickboxing lesbian Indian. https://t.co/EyKhmxv0TK— Radio Angie 📻 (@Radio Angie 📻) 1539194605.0
Some mentioned Davids' participation in amateur mixed martial arts or MMA.
Many encouraged people to donate to Davids' campaign and to vote to make a statement against racism, sexism and homophobia.
The racist attack on @ShariceDavids is the new GOP low. In 27 days, Kansans will go to the polls and vote Sharice b… https://t.co/8KtCyYMSvT— Deb Haaland (@Deb Haaland) 1539198978.0
Kansas Republican says Democratic Native American candidate should be sent back ‘to the reservation’ ?! #VOTE to ex… https://t.co/cuMLr7QYze— Primate Seven (@Primate Seven) 1539180925.0
Reason #1 why I wish I lived in my hometown. So I could vote for @sharicedavids -- I know this isn't the first or l… https://t.co/wBFnGV8KVf— Abbie Stutzer (@Abbie Stutzer) 1539131973.0
And Anne Pritchett—the woman the message was sent to—made her own statement on Twitter.
Sharice Davids Is Going To Win Her Election, Racism Aside https://t.co/FQJJU5GXFa— Anne Pritchett (@Anne Pritchett) 1539131269.0
The Kansas City Star reached out to Kalny by phone for a comment. He identified himself as a GOP precinct committeeman—an elected position that represents political parties on a precinct’s behalf.
When asked about the message, Kalny first asked “what is this lady trying to accomplish?” Then stated he needed to talk to his attorney and hung up.
On Wednesday the Kansas GOP announced Kalny had resigned.
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Midterm elections are slated for Tuesday, November 6, 2018.