Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) distanced himself from a campaign ad targeting African-American voters.

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Republican congressman condemns racist radio ad supporting his campaign

The ad reportedly ran for a week before he criticized it.


Kris Seavers


An Arkansas congressman tweeted on Thursday to criticize a radio campaign ad encouraging Black voters in his state to support his re-election. But commenters are pointing out that the ad—which relies on racist stereotypes and fear-mongering—ran for a week before Hill spoke out against it.

Twitter user Ben Tribbett drew attention to the the ad supporting Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) on Thursday, writing “I don’t even have words to describe it.”

In the ad, a woman says, “Our congressman, French Hill, and the Republicans know that it’s dangerous to change the presumption of innocence to the presumption of guilt, especially for Black men.”

The ad then references the allegations of sexual assault that Christine Blasey Ford leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh before and during his confirmation hearing. The woman’s voice says:

If the Democrats can do that to a white justice of the Supreme Court with no evidence, no corroboration, and all of her witnesses including her best friend say it didn’t happen, what will happen to our husbands, our fathers, or our sons when a white girl lies on them?

Another woman’s voice responds: “Girl, white Democrats will be lynching Black folk again” and later adds, “We can’t afford to let white Democrats take us back to race verdicts, life sentences, and lynchings when a white girl screams rape.”

The ad ends with the disclaimer that it was paid for by PAC Black Americans for the President’s Agenda and not endorsed by any candidate.

As the ad circulated on Twitter, Hill tweeted to denounce it.

“Some may have heard an appalling ad on the radio,” Hill wrote. “I condemn this outrageous ad in the strongest terms. I do not support that message, and there is no place in Arkansas for this nonsense.”

Adam Parkhomenko, a Democratic political strategist, tweeted that the ad has been “public for at least one week” and criticized Hill for waiting to respond to it.

Republican pundit Robert Blizzard suggested the ad was one the “unfortunate side effects” of super PACs and that the group was intentionally trying to hurt Hill’s campaign.

Black Americans for the President’s Agenda did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot’s request for comment.

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