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Lindsey Graham’s Campaign Darkened His Black Opponents Skin in an Ad

There are a number of Republican senators facing tough reelection bids in the fall. The campaigns of two of those men, David Perdue and Lindsey Graham, have opted to use racist dog whistles in their ads.

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Perdue was called out earlier this week for lengthening his Jewish opponent’s nose in a digital spot. Now Lindsey Graham’s team is being criticized for darkening the skin of his opponent Jaime Harrison in a Facebook ad.

Perdue was quick to apologize for the gaffe blaming it on an independent marketing firm. His opponent, Jon Ossoff, didn’t buy his excuse, but still the ad was taken down.

Graham’s campaign is not only denying their ad is racist, they are also choosing to keep it up. A spokesperson said, “It’s sad that detractors are making up fake accusations about this graphic — intended to highlight Jaime Harrison’s support from Kathy Griffin, a liberal actress who once posed with a fake severed head of Donald Trump.”

The communications director, T.W. Arrighi continued:

“The artistic effect used, the same one that was used on Senator Graham just two days before in a video, is a non-story. The only people who want to shift focus from policies important to South Carolinians — like creating jobs and bringing our medical supply chain back from China — are liberal detractors who are trying to hide their radical positions.”

Harrison, like Ossoff, isn’t buying his opponents explanation. The South Carolina Democrat tweeted, “This is the oldest trick in the book. South Carolinians are sick and hurting right now, let’s keep our eye on the ball and fight for them. It’s time for Lindsey Graham to wake up to the New South: bold, inclusive, and diverse.



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