If you're a Republican, you apparently want to run down minority children in your confederate flag-sporting pickup truck, or at least condone such behavior. That's the clear message sent in an attack ad launched against gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie (R-VA).
In the vile ad from the Democrat-aligned Latino Victory Fund, a pickup truck with a Confederate flag and "Don't Tread on Me" and pro-Ed Gillespie bumper stickers is seen terrorizing innocent minority children in a neighborhood. The truck chases the children toward the back of a fenced-in dark alley with no escape. The children are finally shown waking up from the nightmare before the truck can presumably finish them off.
“Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by the American dream?” a narrator says as the children wake up.
There are also images of adults watching TV coverage of the Charlottesville rally, where white nationalists marched with torches to protest the destruction of a Confederate statue. The event turned violent and fatal when white nationalists clashed with Antifa counter-protesters.
"The commercial, which the Latino Victory Fund says is airing through Election Day on Spanish-language stations in Richmond and Washington market, is the latest in a bitter battle on the airwaves," reports The Washington Post.
Latino Victory Fund President Cristóbal J. Alex said the ad portrays "what Latino and immigrant communities feel right now."
“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.”
But this is standard practice of the Left: paint your opponents as racists who want to harm minority children and actively promote racial tensions.