Iowa Dem deleted anti-Trump tweets from X account to appear more moderate, Republicans accuse

A Democrat running in a competitive Iowa district scrubbed his X account of dozens of anti-Trump and pro-Biden messages before winning the congressional primary earlier this month, according to archival information found on a website by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

Combat veteran and former USDA official Lanon Baccam won the Democratic nomination for Iowa’s Third Congressional District on June 4, over rival Melissa Vine. He will now face Republican Zach Nunn in November. A veteran of Democratic political campaigns, Baccam previously served as President Biden’s deputy state director in Iowa, in addition to his previous work on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and for Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and other Democratic campaigns and causes.

But in what the NRC considers to be a desire to appear more moderate, Baccam deleted his X account of numerous partisan messages which remain accessible online via the Wayback Machine archive site.

“It is clear that Lanon Baccam is desperately trying to run from his past as a paid political activist, hide his extreme positions and lie to Iowa voters,” said National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman Mike Marinella, to Fox News Digital about the deleted messages. . “Voters deserve to know the real Lanon Baccam, outside of his bogus campaign ads and doctored social media.”

“We are days away from my heavy whipped cream expiring before the election,” one sanitized post read. “Make a plan to vote now and you can take out Trump when I throw this in the trash.”

Another message read: “Joe Biden will be a commander in chief who understands and supports our veterans, service members and their families when they face the most difficult situations. A little empathy goes a long way, especially when none currently exists with the president. “

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Lanon Baccam, Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives for Iowa’s 3rd District. (Lanon Baccam)

As of June 13, Baccam’s account made no mention of former President Trump or President Biden, which appears to distance the candidate in line with the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates in the general election.

When reached for comment, Baccam provided the following statement: “From helping veterans transition to careers in agriculture, to implementing critical investments in our communities and expand access to rural broadband, I am proud of the work we have accomplished at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a rural Iowa native, veteran and public servant, I have dedicated my life to helping working families advance and strengthen our communities. That’s why I’m running for Congress and that’s exactly what I’ll continue to do if. elected.”

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Democrat Lanon Baccam is challenging Republican incumbent Rep. Zach Nunn in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

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