A South Dakota Democrat running for Congress has withdrawn his candidacy over some sick, twisted tweets previously directed at Republicans.
In one such tweet, Ryan Ryder comments about performing a sexual act to a picture of Republican Gov. Kristi Noem sitting on a horse, Dakota News Now reported — the tweet is unfit to share.
In another, the Air Force veteran and a lawyer said he was thinking about making an animated video of himself killing incumbent U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson’s family — this is the GOP lawmaker Ryder was running against.
The Democrat acknowledged that the tweets were from him and said “a lot of these were basically just biting sarcasm, just flippant and rude,” adding: “A lot of these had important context on them.”
Either way, Ryder’s bid for Congress is now a thing of the past.
“I am withdrawing my candidacy for US House of Representative,” Ryder said in an emailed statement to reporters. “While tweets I have made in the past were a poor attempt at sarcastic humor, I recognize that they appear to cross a line. I regret that I chose to express myself that way. I apologize specifically to the state party and anyone else for whom these tweets reflected badly.”
Ryan Ryder is dropping out of the race for South Dakota’s lone congressional seat. Here’s a statement: pic.twitter.com/0q68lhd0RY
— Austin Goss (@AustinGossSD) March 3, 2022
“At the request of the South Dakota Democratic Party, Ryan Ryder is withdrawing his candidacy for U.S. House of Representatives,” the party said in a press release.
“The South Dakota Democratic Party has determined it is not appropriate for Mr. Ryder to continue in this race and requested that he end his candidacy, which he has agreed to,” said Executive Director Berk Ehrmantraut.
“These statements from Mr. Ryder do not live up to the values of the South Dakota Democratic Party, and we do not support this type of language,” said SDDP Chair Randy Seiler.
South Dakota Republican Party Chair Dan Lederman called Ryder “a contemptible candidate.”
“If he is going to run for office, Ryder needs to figure out which of his faces he’s going to be talking out of,” Lederman said in a statement, according to Dakota News Now. “The one which says he is ‘not interested in personal attacks or mudslinging,’ or the one which says it was ‘too bad’ rioters didn’t get Dusty Johnson on January 6th.”
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
*throws 2022 bingo card in the shredder*
— Grand Mask’d & Vax’d Moff 🦄🇺🇦 (@GrandMoffJoseph) March 6, 2022
Why is it that TV writers can never write plots that are as insane as reality?
— ❄ Alex ❄ (@northernstar171) March 6, 2022
Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? If I had any idea that kind of thing was frowned upon….
— Curtis Vol (@CurtisVol) March 6, 2022
Talk about going out with a bang…/s
And he ran for office while doing this in his recent past..
— May the snark be with you… (@justin42310) March 7, 2022
“Ryan’s a solid guy; great for America.”-@JeffreyToobin
— TheMikeCosta (@TheMikeCosta) March 7, 2022
He can always get a job at CNN. He’ll fit right in.
— Cindy (@asheborn57) March 6, 2022
So many democrats are vile and sick. This guy could run for president and the Dims would vote for him
— WHM (@whmperu) March 6, 2022
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