LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK/AP) - A political action committee says it’s not pulling a widely condemned radio ad that suggests white Democrats will lynch African-Americans if they win in midterm elections in Arkansas next month.
Rep. French Hill rebuked an ad from a North Carolina-based political action committee, that was put out in support of Hill.
Vernon Robinson with Black Americans for the President’s Agenda said Friday that the group won’t cancel the radio ad running in the Little Rock area in support of Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill. He said the group also won’t pull a similar ad he says is airing in Missouri.
Hill, an incumbent Republican, is being challenged by State Rep. Clarke Tucker, D-Little Rock and Libertarian Joe Ryne Swafford in the Nov. 6 general election.
Hill and his Democratic challenger have condemned the Arkansas ad in which a woman says “white Democrats will be lynching black folk again.”
In the ad, which had been 654,000 views on Twitter as of Thursday, two women are heard talking about the recent confirmation battle with Justice Brett Kavanaugh, KARK reported.
Robinson says that ad is scheduled to run through Friday and that it is part of a $50,000 buy.
“Our Congressman French Hill and the Republicans know it’s dangerous to change the presumption of innocence to a presumption of guilt, especially for black men,” one of the women said in the ad according to KARK. “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?”
“I’ve always told my son don’t be messing around with that,” the first woman said in the ad. “If you get caught, she will cry rape.”
In a statement to KARK, Hill condemned the ad.
“I condemn this outrageous ad in the strongest terms. There’s no place in Arkansas for this nonsense,” Hill told KARK.
Election observers are closely watching the 2nd District race in the state and around the country.
A September poll from content partner Talk Business & Politics showed Hill with a 49.5 to 40.5% lead over Tucker. Swafford picked up 2% of the vote in the poll, while eight percent were undecided.