Republican Official Just Attacked Native American Candidate In a Racist Rant, and People Are Not Having It

Not OK.

*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.”

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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.

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.”

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…

…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.

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.

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