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 TheRoot.com