Democratic campaign ad implies Ed Gillespie supporters are Confederates who attack minority kids

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In a new opposition ad released Monday, supporters of Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie are seen as Confederates who attack minority children.

The minute-long advertisement, titled “American Nightmare,” was released by Democratic group Latino Victory Fund (LVF). It shows minority children seemingly being chased by a driver in a pickup truck, decked out with a Confederate flag, a “Gillespie for governor” bumper sticker and a “Don’t tread on me” license plate.

The driver makes his way toward the scared children — who shout, “Run! Run! Run!” when they see the truck.

The ad concludes with a narrator asking: “Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by the ‘American Dream?’”


“American Nightmare” is airing through Election Day on Nov. 7 in Richmond and Washington markets on Spanish stations, according to The Washington Post.

LVF took to Twitter throughout the day Monday to allege: “The Gillespie campaign has consistently promoted a false narrative painting Latinos as criminals and gang members.”

This Tuesday Sept. 26, 2017 photo shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, during an interview in Richmond, Va. In a state that stretches from the coal fields to the Chesapeake Bay, environmental issues often play a key role in Virginia's political contests. This year's race for governor is no different. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

The advertisement portrays Republican candidate Ed Gillespie’s supporters as Confederates who attack minority children.

 (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

“Ed Gillespie has made it very clear what he thinks of Latinos, and on Election Day, our community will make it clear how we feel about him,” another tweet read.

The television spot is the latest in a political battle between Republican candidate Gillepsie – a former National Republican Committee chairman who’s received support from President Trump – and Democratic candidate Ralph Northam.

Trump has eagerly tweeted support for Gillespie by alleging that Northam “is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities” – a narrative Gillespie has pushed through local advertisements.

Northam’s campaign has tried to link Gillespie with the white supremacists who rallied in Charlottesville, Va., in August. Northam slammed the Republican candidate for not denouncing Trump “for not calling these white supremacists out for who they are.”

Gillespie’s campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. 

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