Recently, a disgusting ad was launched in Virginia against Ed Gillespie, Republican candidate for governor. Titled “The American Nightmare” and launched by Latino Victory Fund, the ad depicts a group of African American, muslim, and latino children casually going about their days, when a truck driven by a white man with black sunglasses begins to chase them. The truck, including an Ed Gillespie bumper sticker, a “Don’t Treat on Me” license plate, and a confederate flag, continues to chase these children into an ally, when the latino boy wakes up from a dream and is comforted by his father. The ad ends with parents watching footage of the Charlottesville protest with a voiceover saying, “Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by the American Dream?”, followed by text saying “Reject Hate. Vote November 8th.”
The ad was recently taken down following the Halloween terror attack in New York City that killed eight people and wounded eleven more. The Latino Victory Fund released a statement, saying “We knew our ad would ruffle feathers. We held a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see,” said Cristobal J. Alex, president of the group. “Given recent events, we will be placing other powerful ads into rotation that highlight the reasons we need to elect progressive leaders in Virginia.”
The sad part about all of this is that if the terror attack never happened, the ad would still be airing. The group later tweeted a picture of Ed Gillespie, saying “It turns out that Racists really, really don’t like being called racist,” again implying that Gillespie is racist. Many have also called out upon Democratic candidate Ralph Northam to condemn the ad, which he still hasn’t done. In fact, his campaign defended the ad. Northam spokeswoman Ofirah Yheskel said, “Independent groups are denouncing Ed Gillespie because he has run the most divisive, fear-mongering campaign in modern history. It is not shocking that communities of color are scared of what his Trump-like policy positions mean for them.”
This ad is phony and stupid. It is the true definition of fear-mongering, not whatever nonsense Yheskel said, and is the most blatant case of ignorance and slander that I’ve seen. I’m glad Virginians reacted with negativity to the ad, as many on social media reacted with repulse and condemnation. Gillespie hit the nail on the head when he said, “This attack is not just an attack on my supporters, it’s an attack on all Virginians. The fact is, whether you disagree with people or not, in Virginia, we respect civil discourse and this is a new low in politics here.” Ed Gillespie has run on the campaign slogan “For All Virginians.” He is a man of character and principal, and values hard-work. The fact that he is against sanctuary cities makes him logical, not racist. Gillespie understands the potential danger that comes with sanctuary cities, and he gladly welcomes legal immigration. To instantly classify him and his supporters as racists shows ignorance of the highest degree.
Time and time again, the Left proves that when momentum shifts the other way in an election campaign, they resort to illogical and immature name calling. This was evident in 2016 with Hillary Clinton’s calling of Trump supporters as “deplorables,” which was ultimately one of the many reasons why she lost the election. This will probably have the same effect in Virginia, as countless Virginians should feel offended that they have been labeled similarly to “Confederate Sympathizers” and “Neo-Nazis” by the Latino Victory Fund on behalf of the Left and Ralph Northam’s campaign.
The true “American Nightmare” is not what was described by the Latino Victory Fund, but rather the path that many in this country want to take. Instead of engaging in respectful discourse and acting with principle, we are now forced to shout louder than the opposing side, which in many cases, falsely accuses those they don’t agree with as “racists,” “bigots,” and “xenophobes,” as well as other nonsense.