I won’t pretend to know the inner-workings of Virginia politics on the whole. I don’t know if Ed Gillespie has said some really hateful things in his career toward minorities.
A simple Google search and clicking some links says that he has not. This ad suggests that, while throwing Trump’s name in the ring, supporters of Gillespie for Government of Virginia want to run your kids down with a truck. Waving the Confederate Battle flag and a Gillespie support sticker on the back all the while.
Again, I turn to the internet for proof of this and I find none. Isn’t this essentially false advertising? Latino Victory Fund President Cristóbal J. Alex said the ad portrays “what Latino and immigrant communities feel right now.”
Oh, so now Leftist are making fake news attack ads based on feelings?
This ad was seemingly created solely because Gillespie is a Republican and the Leftists who made it are playing on the exact misinformation that their voting demographics have been fed for years.
“It’s a very stark ad, but those portrayals in the ad are what Latino and immigrant communities feel right now in Virginia,” Alex said. “If Gillespie is successful in scapegoating Latinos and borrowing from Trump’s playbook, we will see those types of attacks against our community throughout the 2018 midterms.”
Gillespie’s Democratic opponent, Ralph Northam, has yet to denounce the ad; on the contrary, Northam spokesman Ofirah Yheskel seemingly applauded the racially-charged commercial:
“Independent groups are denouncing Ed Gillespie because he has run the most divisive, fear mongering campaign in modern history,” said Yheskel. “It is not shocking that communities of color are scared of what his Trump-like policy positions mean for them.”
Gillespie has returned fire via his campaign manager Chris Leavitt:
“Now his allies have reached a new low with a disgusting, vile television ad seeking to instill fear in our children with that same imagery,” said Leavitt. “This is not an attack on Ed Gillespie anymore. This is an all out attack on the people of Virginia. This latest ad gives a clear indication of just what Ralph Northam and his national Democratic allies think of all of us, and it’s sickening.”