The Blaze reports that Democrats are now turning on South Carolina state Rep. Krystle Matthews (D), for whom Democrats had big hopes.
This comes following Project Veritas’s release of multiple undercover videos featuring Matthews. The first video contains audio of Matthews speaking to David Solomon Ballard, an inmate at the Perry Correctional Institution.
The Matthews-Ballard video
Project Veritas reports that, “on that call, Matthews used racially-charged language and encouraged dirty campaign tricks, including democrats running as republicans for local office.”
Matthews, for example, said:
We need some secret sleepers. Like you need, we need them to run as the other side, even though they for our side. We need people to run as Republicans in these local elections. This is the only way you’re going to change the dynamics in South Carolina.
Matthews, at another point in the call, asked for “folks that can wear all black at night and take they f****** yard signs down when they- when they sleeping.” She also asked, “where the f*** is my black people with money.” She said, “get you- find me somebody from your family that don’t even know you donating to my campaign and put that s*** under they names.”
Here’s one last example of Matthews using racially charged language. She said:
Honestly, these ain’t the same type of Black people that I grew up around. I don’t recognize these Black people. So, I Black because I don’t understand the type of Black that they are. Now, can I talk intelligently? Can I- I could be. Listen, I can move in all kind of circles, but I’m a n**** at heart. I love Black people. I feel safest around my people.
The second video
This video features Matthews talking about white South Carolina voters.
In the video, Matthews says, “you’ve got to treat them like s***. That’s the only way they’ll respect you.”
Matthews, still speaking about white voters, added, “I keep them right here — like under my thumbs. … Otherwise, they get out of control — like kids.”
Matthews has admitted that she is indeed the person in both recordings, but she has tried to claim that she was not speaking seriously in either.
Either way, Democrats have responded by condemning Matthews’s comments and by calling on her to end her campaign for the U.S. Senate. This is a huge change considering that the Democrats have been supporting Matthews to unseat Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) this fall.
It remains to be seen whether Matthews will call it quits or continue on.