Virginia's Latino Victory Fund — an activist organization working against Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie — says they've pulled down a bizarre ad depicting a Confederate flag-waving Gillespie voter running down minority children with a Ford F-150.
But they didn't delete the video because voters found it distasteful or because it was a naked ploy at motivating Virginia voters through fear — they pulled it down because Tuesday, in Manhattan, a terrorist actually mowed down more than a dozen people, killing at least eight.
"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, Latino Victory Fund President, in a statement posted on Twitter “Given recent events, we will be placing other powerful ads into rotation that highlight the reasons we need to elect progressive leaders in Virginia.”
That's right: they believe they faced a mound of criticism for the ad, because it was just too darn accurate. Obviously, Virginia is just full to the brim of murderous Republicans, looking to literally run down minority children because of President Donald Trump and a mild-mannered career GOP political strategist trying to win political office.
Oddly enough, it may not be Latino Victory Fund who is hardest hit by the ad coming down. The backlash against the ad was so strong, Ed Gillespie's fundraising nearly tripled in the days following the ad's release, and Republicans reported to local public relations firms that they felt ostracized and belittled by the ad — and, as a result, are motivated to vote against Gillespie's opponent.
You can watch the full ad here, courtesy of Townhall.com.