Seattle Councilwoman Gets Threats After Trump Protest: ‘Go Back To India Bitch’

AP

A Seattle city councilwoman born in India has faced “hundreds of angry emails and phone calls, some telling her to kill herself” in recent days following a rally she organized to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, according to KCPQ, the Fox affiliate in Seattle.

Councilwoman Kshama Sawant reportedly received the threats via phone and email after video of an anti-Trump protest she organized went viral last week.

“Go back to India bitch,” one email read. “I am tired of being shamed because I’m a white male. You automatically think I’m a racist. How about you go the (expletive) back to India or wherever you came from?”

“We didn’t riot with Obama was elected,” read one. “Ever stop to think we see (Obama) as a racist? But we carried on and lived to fight another day. Stop being such a cry baby bitch and go hang yourself.”

A city council spokesperson told KCPQ in an email that a Sawant staffer was told on the phone: “I will come and tattoo a swastika on your head and on that bitch’s head.”

A biography of Sawant on Seattle’s website claims she is the first Socialist to win election in a major U.S. city in decades.

Sawant did not endorse Hillary Clinton in the recent presidential election, instead supporting Green Party nominee Jill Stein in an editorial in The Nation and elsewhere.

“Join me, I appeal to you, today at 4 p.m. at Westlake (Park),” Sawant told a crowd during a post-Election Day press conference last Wednesday. “Let’s have a massive protest and tell America we do not accept a racist agenda and let’s make sure that on Inauguration Day, on the 20th and 21st of January, let’s do a nationwide shutdown and occupy inauguration.”

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