A conservative PAC is running a heinous advertisement in Missouri claiming that Democrats will target African-American men with false rape accusations if elected:
The 60-second piece is aimed at voters in Missouri’s pivotal U.S. Senate election pitting Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley against two-term Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.
In the ad, two black women discuss the bitter confirmation process of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was alleged to have sexually assaulted a teen when he was in high school.
“What will happen to our husbands, our fathers, our sons, when a white girl lies on them?” the ad says.
The ad then notes that “black folk will be catching hell again.”
“Honey, I always told my son, don’t be messing around with that,” the first woman says. “If you get caught, she will cry rape.”
This advertisement is not an aberration. Heinous advertisements are being run around the country by conservative PACs, and even in some cases directly by GOP campaigns. These advertisements are based on lies and/or feed on hate.
A similar ad to what is being run in Missouri is also being run in Arkansas, and even use the term “lynchings”:
Two women featured in the ad, paid for by the Black Americans for the President’s Agenda political action committee, discuss the sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and accuse Democrats of trying to change the presumption of innocence.
The women speak in racist tropes and colloquialisms attached to black women.
“Honey I always told my son, don’t be messing around with that,” one women in the ad says, referring to white women. “If you get caught, she will cry rape.”
At the end of the ad, the women say they are voting for Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., and the Republicans to protect “our men and boys” from white Democrats. The ad claims white Democrats want to go back to “race verdicts” and lynchings when a “white girl screams rape.”
In California, an indicted GOP Congressman is airing an ad that falsely ties his opponent to terrorism:
Republican California Congressman, Duncan Hunter, is broadcasting one of the most heinous political advertisements of the 2018 election:
“Ammar Campa-Najjar is working to infiltrate Congress. He’s used three different names to hide his family’s ties to terrorism. His grandfather masterminded the Munich Olympic massacre. His father said they deserved to die. … ‘He is being supported by CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood.’ ‘This is a well-orchestrated plan.’ Ammar Campa-Najjar: A risk we can’t ignore.”
These claims are not even remotely true. The advertisement is a disgusting and baseless political attack that tries to feed on fear and prejudice. The Washington Post Fact Checker summed up the lack of factual basis for the advertisement quite succinctly:
Never mind that Campa-Najjar is a Christian born and raised in San Diego. Never mind that his grandfather died years before he was born. Never mind that his father wasn’t around much and that Campa-Najjar was raised by his mother and her Mexican American family. Never mind that Campa-Najjar obtained a security clearance for his past work in the Obama White House and the Labor Department. The Hunter ad ignores those biographical details and paints Campa-Najjar as a threat reared by terrorists.
This ad uses naked anti-Muslim bias in an effort to scare Californians into voting for an indicted Republican incumbent.
The Democrat on the receiving end of these attacks isn’t even Muslim. All the claims in the ad are false, misleading or devoid of evidence.
The reason why Republicans have to resort to lies and hatred to support their campaigns is because their political policies are not supported by either Democrats, Independents, or even Moderate Republicans, and they know it.
Donald Trump and many other Republican politicians have decided to run on a party platform of lies and hate in 2018. Examples include Donald Trump lying repeatedly to his supporters at his fascist rallies across the country, California Congressman Duncan Hunter falsely smearing his opponent by accusing him of being a terrorist, Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley lying about supporting protections for pre-existing conditions, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner lying about state tax policy and lying about the effects of immigration on violent crime, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds using Republican party officials to pose as normal citizens, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker lying about his support for education, West Virginia Republicans lying about their support for teachers, Florida Republicans lying about their environmental records, Missouri Republicans blaming voters for infrastructure problems caused by the tax cuts the Republicans passed, Michigan Republicans resorting to a dishonest scheme to keep the minimum wage from being increased, and Pennsylvania Governor candidate Scott Wagner threatening to stomp on the face of his Democratic opponent. The lies and the hate just keep coming.
Recent polls on questions such as whether or not corporations should be taxed more or less, or whether or not the wealthy should be taxed more or less, show that the Republican policy of taxing each less is only supported by a slim margin of Conservative Republicans. Democrats and Moderates from both parties think the rich and corporations should be taxed more, which is in direct opposition to the main legislative policy that was enacted by the Republican Congress and White House over the last two years, the 2017 Tax Cut:
This shrinking nature of the Republican base comes into even more full view when looking at issues which are supported by Democratic politicians and opposed by Republican politicians. Whether it be universal health care, or a path to citizenship for Dreamers, or stricter gun laws, or boosting teacher pay, or raising the minimum wage, or investing in infrastructure, or expanding renewable energy, or protecting the environment, or expanding social security, or protecting unions, a large plurality of voters, even pluralities of Republican voters, support these policies. The only people who oppose these policies are Republican politicians and a shrinking minority of Republican voters.
Republican politicians are also well aware that their policies are unpopular with both the public at large and with moderate voters from within their own party. An internal memo from the Republican National Committee that was obtained by Bloomberg revealed their awareness of how a disconnect has grown between the party platform and moderate voters from within their party:
Another is that the issues soft Republicans care about most are ones involving government spending and are typically associated with Democrats. The survey found that increasing funding for veterans’ mental health services, strengthening and preserving Medicare and Social Security, and reforming the student loan system all scored higher than Trump’s favored subjects of tax cuts, border security, and preserving the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Faced with the unpopularity of their own policies, the prudent thing for a political party to do would be to start changing their policies. The Republican party has instead chosen to try to distract from their policies by both lying about them, and by trying to rile up hatred against Democrats or factions of society they can use as a scapegoat, such as immigrants or Muslims.