Bipartisan Dislike Follows After Willie Horton / Nikko Jenkins Ad Airs

Bipartisan Dislike Follows After Willie Horton / Nikko Jenkins Ad Airs


A political ad aired by the National Republican Congressional Committee is being called out by many as racist. The ad, which has political circles buzzing and has gone viral, with more than 150,000 views on YouTube, has political observers pointing out that it’s effectively a duplicate of the infamous Willie Horton spot from 1988. That ad was created by the notoriously vitriolic political consultant Lee Atwater.

Both the Horton ad and the NRCC’s ad, featuring Nikko Jenkins, have familiar themes: a black murderer, at least one of whose victims was a white female, and the claim that “soft on crime” policies are to blame.

The ad produced around Jenkins is the Republican Party’s attempt to assist Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry, who’s in a close race against state Sen. Brad Ashford. And though Terry’s campaign claims that it would not have produced the ad, the congressman hasn’t denounced it. Terry has been in Congress for 16 years, and many predict he’ll lose on Nov. 4. The release of this late-in-the-game and over-the-top ad looks to be the familiar tactic of a losing campaign.  Read entire in

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke