A black Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky has produced a campaign ad designed to provoke racial outrage at a time when the country is already bitterly divided by a number of issues, including race.
As reported by WLKY, the ad by Charles Booker says, “This video contains strong imagery. Viewer discretion is advised.”
Next, the ad shows a noose as Booker places it around his own neck while discussing lynching in the state of Kentucky, something that has not occurred in more than a century.
“It used to kill my ancestors,” says Booker, who has become the first black man to win a Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate in Kentucky.
In the ad, Booker says that current Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican, “single-handedly” blocked an anti-lynching measure from becoming law in 2020.
That said, Paul did co-sponsor an amended version of an anti-lynching bill this year and that measure became law.
However, Paul did co-sponsor an amended version of anti-lynching legislation this year that became law.
Also, Paul explained why he opposed the first measure that Booker references in his ad while failing to provide context.
According to CBS News, Paul claimed that the bill’s language was too broad and could “conflate someone who has an altercation, where they had minor bruises, with lynching.”
“We want the bill to be stronger,” Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill. “We think that lynching is an awful thing that should be roundly condemned and should be universally condemned.”
“We think that’s a disservice to those who were lynched in our history,” he said, adding it was also “a disservice to have a new 10-year penalty for people who have minor bruising.”
Booker also brought up Paul’s criticism of the Civil Rights Act years ago in the Courier-Journal in the ad.
“I like the Civil Rights Act in the sense that it ended discrimination in all public domains, and I’m all in favor of that,” he said in 2013. “I don’t like the idea of telling private business owners — I abhor racism… I do believe in private ownership.” Read more on this from CBS news.
Paul released the following statement in response to the ad:
“Dr. Paul worked diligently to strengthen the language of this legislation and is a cosponsor of the bill that now ensures that federal law will define lynching as the absolutely heinous crime that it is. Any attempt to state otherwise is a desperate misrepresentation of the facts.”
“I have clearly stated in prior interviews that I abhor racial discrimination and would have worked to end segregation,” Paul said in the statement, CBS News reported in June 2020. “Even though this matter was settled when I was 2, and no serious people are seeking to revisit it except to score cheap political points, I unequivocally state that I will not support any efforts to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
He added: “Let me be clear: I support the Civil Rights Act because I overwhelmingly agree with the intent of the legislation, which was to stop discrimination in the public sphere and halt the abhorrent practice of segregation and Jim Crow laws.”