That didn’t take long.
After intense backlash for their horribly racist ad, the Latino Victory Fund pulled an anti-Gillespie ad.
Ed Gillespie is the Republican Gubernatorial candidate in Virginia where an election will be held November 7.
Mike blogged Tuesday:
A new ad for the Virginia governor race shows a man in a truck with a Gillespie sticker and Confederate flag on it, chasing minority children who are running for their lives. Gillespie is the Republican candidate.
What’s being implied in the ad is clear. The driver of the truck is a white Republican man who is trying to kill minority children by running them down.
The Latino Victory Fund was rightly chastised for the disgusting ad and Wednesday, the ad was pulled.
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
A Democratic-aligned advocacy group has canceled a controversial video showing a truck chasing down minority children after Tuesday’s truck attack in New York City.
The Latino Victory Fund, the group behind the ad that depicted a pickup truck with a Confederate flag and a bumper sticker for GOP gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie, had come under fire from Republicans who said the ad implied that Gillespie supporters want to commit violence against children. The group hinted that the deadly New York attack was behind its decision to pull the ad from the internet.
“We knew our ad would ruffle feathers. We held a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see. We have decided to pull our ad at this time,” said Cristóbal J. Alex, the group’s president. “Given recent events, we will be placing other powerful ads into rotation that highlight the reasons we need to elect progressive leaders in Virginia.”
Police in New York say a man in a rented pickup truck drove onto a bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial Tuesday, killing at least eight people and seriously injuring 11.
“Ruffle feathers,” is what you do when you get under someone’s skin with something at least a little bit true. Portraying all white people as Confederate-sympathizing, brown skin-hating, imbeciles goes well beyond feather ruffling and into defamation.
The ad is no longer available on the group’s YouTube channel, but can be viewed here. Just be sure to pop your blood pressure pills before viewing:
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