A man who was considering a campaign to run for Seattle’s city council ended his campaign after receiving hundreds of threats of physical violence against himself and his family all because he called himself “fiscally conservative.”
Seattle resident Christopher Rufo had announced that he was gearing up a run for the city council early this year. In his initial information he called himself “socially liberal but fiscally conservative.” He even called himself a “centrist.”
He also spoke out against divisive ideologies and said he would take good ideas from anyone, regardless of what side they claimed to represent.
At first, Rufo said people seemed excited by his candidacy:
“I started getting dozens and then hundreds of messages from people saying, ‘This is exciting. What are you doing? What’s your platform? What do you want to see change?'” Rufo said. “A business owner just messaged me and said ‘We’re getting hammered because of how we’re handling homelessness.’ Someone reached out and said, ‘Someone came at me with an axe in the middle of Ballard yesterday.’ Victims of violent crimes have said, ‘What can we do? We feel like we don’t have a voice. No one cares about us.'”
Rufo hoped to be that voice. When I asked what he would do differently that the current city council, he offered to send me his white paper on effective ways to combat homelessness. Socially liberal and fiscally conservative, Rufo calls himself a centrist, and if elected to city council, he hopes to counter what he called the “activist class.”
But it soon turned out that just the threat of a centrist, non-ideological candidate was enough to send Seattle’s social justice warriors and leftist hatemongers into the stratosphere. It wasn’t long before Rufo began receiving vile threats, not just against himself, but his wife and children.
Rifo recently lamented the attacks, according to KIRO radio.
I had hoped that this would be a campaign of ideas, but I quickly discovered that the activists in this city have no interest in ideas. Since the campaign launch, they have harassed and threatened my family nonstop. I was prepared to take the heat, but unfortunately, they have focused their hatred on my wife and children. They’ve made vile racist attacks against my wife, attempted to get her fired from Microsoft, and threatened sexual violence. They have even posted hateful messages to my 8-year-old son’s school Facebook page. I know that as the race progresses, the activists will ratchet up their hate-machine and these attacks will intensify significantly.
The closest Rufo got to his campaign was the commercial he had made:
So, once again we see that it is liberals who pose the biggest threat to our American way of life.
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