Iowa Representative Ross Wilburn says he received lynching threats for criticizing Donald Trump. Wilburn, who is the first black person to serve as Iowa’s Democratic Party chairman, says he got several racist messages and threats after writing a column for the Des Moines Register. The opinion piece was called “Iowa Republicans put loyalty to Trump over helping Iowans.” Part of the article read, “the entire Republican Party of Iowa is welcoming Trump with open arms proving once again that they have completely surrendered themselves to a man who not only openly attacked the foundations of our democracy, but also has shown disdain for our Constitution, and failed to help the American people when we needed it most.” Wilburn said after the article was published that he received a voicemail message from a restricted number that included a lynching threat. He later had racial slurs hurled against him and received more hateful voicemails and emails over the next few days. Authorities are currently investigating where the threats came from and if there was any serious intention of them being carried out.
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