Former college basketball star Royce White is running for Congress, he announced Tuesday.
White, 30, is a candidate for Minnesota’s fifth U.S. congressional seat, currently held by Democrat Ilhan Omar. The former Iowa State player is running as a Republican, one of three rivals to face off against her.
In a two-minute, 20-second clip, White announced her candidacy, using video edits of analysts commenting on her character as well as her voiceover.
You can watch White’s full campaign video here.
“Ten years ago I attacked the NBA and the establishment,” he said in his video monologue. “I said mental health was one of the biggest issues we face. And I was ready to give up my dream of fighting for people I had never met. I took the lead when others didn’t.
“My name is Royce White. I’m a fifth-generation Minnesotan and a product of the Twin Cities. But first and foremost, I’m American.
White then discussed his views on the United States.
“I’m running for Congress because our leaders sold us out,” he said. “We have to fight for freedom, we have to protect our communities. We need to restore what it means to be an American citizen.
He took an anti-globalist stance and spoke out against the handling of the pandemic and the vaccine, layering his voiceover with photos of Omar, Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Anthony Fauci, among others.
White is a former college basketball player who played for Iowa State in the 2011-12 season. He posted one of the best seasons in school history, leading the team in points (13.4), rebounds (9.3), and assists (5.0).
He declared for the NBA and was drafted 16th by the Rockets. The forward played just one season in the league, registering three games for the Kings. White has spoken extensively about his anxiety and general mental health during his time in the NBA, putting him at odds with the organization.
He then played professional basketball in Canada for two years. White also played in the Big3, a three-on-three basketball league. He had a brief stint in MMA, losing his December 2021 debut to Daiqwon Buckley via unanimous decision.
White has been politically active in the past, particularly in 2020 during the Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd. White has also worked closely with Steve Bannon, former chief White House strategist under Donald Trump.
Omar was sworn in in 2019 and was re-elected on November 20.
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