“The unequal power we had in that situation was very apparent to me,” Kemp said according to WITF. “Canvassing while black refers to all that anxiety I bring to an interaction, combined with having to face people’s expressed hostility and outright rage, and her saying, ‘You don’t belong here.'”
According to Kemp, the woman aggressively approached them saying, “What are you doing here? You can’t do that here.” When Kemp explained that she was canvassing for King, the woman reportedly retorted “I hate Jess King. She’s trying to take us to socialism. You can’t do that here.” Johnson has been campaigning on behalf of King’s opponent, Republican incumbent Lloyd Smucker. Johnson’s attorney, Edwin Pfursich, said that the situation was taken out of context.
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“This matter is about trespassing. The volunteers from Jess King’s campaign entered private property and became aggressive,” he told WITF . “They were asked to leave and refused, so the police were notified.”