South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott is taking a more charitable approach than most to his controversial midterm Democratic Party challenger. After more revelations of inappropriate comments – to say the least – by SC state Rep. Krystle Matthews, even fellow Democrats are urging her to quit the race for Scott’s seat. For the second time since June, Project Veritas released audio of Matthews saying things that no candidate for a seat in Congress should be saying – or even thinking. In this second leaked recording, the state rep. said, among other things, that white people should be treated “like s—” because that is the only way to gain their respect.
Democrat Takes Another Project Veritas Hit
As Liberty Nation reported at the end of June, Matthews was recorded in conversation with an inmate at the Perry Correctional Institution in Pelzer, SC, during which she expressed a desire for her party to engage in some questionable tactics. She told the prisoner, David Solomon Ballard, “We need people to run as Republicans in these local elections. This is the only way you’re gonna change the dynamic, in South Carolina.” Matthews also chastised her black constituents for not donating enough money to her campaign and expressed an apparent willingness to accept drug money – she described it as “dope boy money” – as campaign donations contributed in other people’s names without their knowledge.
More recently, Matthews was recorded while speaking with an undercover Project Veritas investigative reporter in a restaurant. She told the reporter, “My district is slightly Republican, and it’s heavily white,” before continuing, “And let me tell you one thing. You oughta know who you’re dealing with, like, you gotta treat them like s—, like I mean that’s the only way they’ll respect you.”
Matthews won her primary race by way of a runoff election. The popular Scott, considered by some to be a potential White House contender in 2024, ran unopposed.
The abundant use of foul language is the least concerning thing about Matthews’ comments. Her manner and attitude reek of a startling sense of entitlement, as if the voters have some kind of obligation to ensure her victory in November and will have betrayed her if she loses. Also, this Democrat appears to harbor nothing but disdain for the very people she represents – both white and black – and for the residents of her state as a whole. “I keep them right here – like under my thumbs,” she told the Project Veritas reporter, referring to her constituents, “Otherwise, they get out of control, like kids.”
Matthews has admitted making the remarks, describing them as “tongue-in-cheek” and referring to Project Veritas as a “satirical MAGA-powered news outlet.” But her party colleagues have had enough. State Rep. Justin Bamberg who, like Matthews, is black, described the candidate as “toxic.” In an op-ed published online, Bamberg wrote, “If any of our white counterparts had said the same thing with regards to blacks, the minority community, including myself, would be up in arms calling for that member’s immediate resignation.” Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham gave a statement to AP, in which he said, “there is absolutely no place in our political discourse” for Matthews’ comments, and continued, “the Democratic Party cannot and should not tolerate such behavior from our elected officials and candidates.”
Cunningham and Bamberg are not the only Democrats calling for Matthews to abandon her Senate quest, but Tim Scott hasn’t gone that far. “I think she should apologize for her comments,” the GOP senator told the press after launching his re-election bid in Myrtle Beach, SC, “The Democrats should condemn her comments. Racial bigotry in any form should be criticized and condemned by all people.”