A disturbing attack ad from the Democrat-aligned Latino Victory Fund against Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie has seriously backfired. According to the Republican, he has seen his donations "triple" since the racially charged ad.
The jarring ad features a pickup truck with a Confederate flag and "Don't Tread on Me" and pro-Ed Gillespie bumper stickers terrorizing innocent minority children. The truck is shown chasing the innocent children toward the back of a fenced-in dark alley with no escape. The children wake 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?" asks the narrator.
Gillespie told The Daily Caller his family was "disgusted" by the attack ad.
"They are infuriated," said the candidate. "And they’re disgusted. And I understand that. I think it’s always harder on the family than on the candidate himself or herself, but it’s not pleasant, and it’s the kind of thing that makes good people not want to run for public office."
"But it’s not going to dissuade me, because this race is not about me. This race is about the future of the commonwealth I love and my fellow Virginians," he added.
But the ad has actually backfired on the Latino group, working to bolster political donations in the final week of the election. Gillespie claims he's seen his fundraising triple, connecting the monetary increase to "people who are just disgusted" by the racially charged attack.
"Yeah, in fact, actually online, our fundraising has tripled from people who are just disgusted by this and feel that they’re under attack, which they are," he said. "But, again, it’s not just my supporters who are under attack here. It’s all those good, decent Virginians who may not agree with me, but understand that this is not good for the commonwealth of Virginia and that this kind of political attack and these smear campaigns are not good for the country and they’re not good for the commonwealth."
While the Latino group has offered no apology, they've curiously pulled the ad.