A man carries a sign with some of Eric Garner's last words, 'I can't breathe,' in protest against recent decisions by grand juries in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, December 4, 2014 in Washington, DC.National Journal

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On Friday, former South Dakota Senate candidate Rick Weiland sent out an email to supporters titled, "We can't breathe!!!"

In the message, Weiland—who lost his Senate race to Republican Mike Rounds by more than 20 points—draws a comparison between the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after a New York police officer put him in a choke hold, and a Senate spending bill.

"Men of color are not the only ones they have in a choke-hold—now they've got all of us—and it's way past time to tell them none of us can breathe!" the email reads.

"Emboldened by the Obama-haters they just elected, Wall Street is readying the nooses for Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. They think they can't be stopped."

The email continues: "But WE can stop them! 24 states allow initiatives and referendums—24 states where you can show them exactly what you think of their choke-hold on the rest of us."

The email ends with a solicitation for donations.

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