“I’d never heard that type of racism” For a few weeks this spring, it was hard for David Kim to look at his direct messages on Twitter. Kim, a Democratic congressional candidate in Los Angeles County, has run a largely virtual effort while the pandemic has limited in-person campaigning. But his Twitter inbox had filled with racist messages telling him to “go back to your country” and “eat bats.” “I’ve gotten so many comments, online at least,” Kim said. “I’d never heard that type of racism to my face — not to that extreme.” Kim, who’s Korean American, said it’s hard to tell whether the messages can be tied to Trump’s language. Despite Trump’s focus on China, Kim and many other AAPI candidates, not just Chinese Americans, have been affected. He said he expected to experience some racism as a candidate. “But the whole national sentiment sort of supersized it and blew it up,” he said.