A controversial political ad was pulled on Tuesday because the one-minute ad too closely mirrored the New York terror attack.
The ad, which was meant to target Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, showed a group of minority children running away from a truck bearing the Confederate flag and a sticker for Gillespie.
When the terrified children reach a dead end, they wake up from a bad dream, with the ad then asking the question: “Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by the American Dream?”
Before the attack in New York, that left eight people dead after a terrorist jumped the curb and plowed into pedestrians and bicyclists, the ad was already facing criticism for invoking the politics of fear.
While Gillespie’s campaign spokesman David Abrams blasted the ad as “vile,” Northam’s campaign manager Ofirah Yheskel said that Gillespie was the one to run the “most divisive, fear-mongering campaign in modern history,” adding, “It is not shocking that communities of color are scared of what his Trump-like policy positions mean for them.”
However, because of the nature of recent events, the ad has been pulled.
“We knew our ad would ruffle feathers. We held a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see. We have decided to pull our ad at this time,” LVF President Cristobal J. Alex said in a statement.