Former NBA and decorated college basketball player Royce White recently announced his run for Congress against left-wing Democrat Ilhan Omar. Royce is a resident of Omar’s congressional fifth district of Minnesota who played for Iowa state during the 2011-2012 season.
White, selected by the Houston Rockets with the 16th pick in the 2012 draft, had a short NBA career, which took a turn for the worst when he spoke out about mental health struggles. White has also been politically active after his career, starting with the 2020 Election, when he worked with President Trump and Steve Bannon on the re-election team.
“I’m running for Congress because our leaders have sold us out,” White said in his campaign launch video. “We have to fight for freedom, we have to protect our communities,” he continued.
The former hardwood star has positioned himself as an anti-globalist and has taken on the government’s handling of the pandemic and vaccine mandates. Another one of his campaign videos rips Barack Obama, Anthony Fauci, and Bill Gates, amongst other left-wing influencers.
White’s Twitter message to his followers reads, “Today I’m officially announcing that I will be running for Congress in MD-CD5, against Ilhan Omar. It’s time to clean house, and God Bless America! The fight continues.”
Omar won re-election in 2019 and has been one of the most influential Democrats in Washington calling for her hometown to defund and divest from the Minnesota Police department. Omar is also part of the “squad,” an influential group of far-left-wing Democrats who have been trying to re-shape the agenda of the Democratic party.
Omar has a history of comparing the United States to the Taliban and Hamas, along with stating that Israel’s bombing of the Palestinians is equivalent to terrorism. A Rasmussen poll released in 2021 found that 61 percent of Americans disagree with Omar’s Anti-American views and statements, and half of the Americans polled called for her to be censured.