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Video: New Ad by Latino Victory Fund Reflects Fears of Virginia’s Immigrant Community


From the Latino Victory Fund:

New Ad by Latino Victory Fund Reflects Fears of Virginia’s Immigrant Community

Bilingual GOTV Spot Slams Gillespie’s Implicit Endorsement of White Supremacists and Racist Symbols

Washington, D.C. –  For weeks, Virginia Republicans led by gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie have attacked the state’s immigrant population with misleading ads conflating immigration and gang violence. In response, Latino Victory Fund today released “American Nightmare,” a bilingual television ad encouraging voters of color to reject Gillespie’s implicit endorsement of white supremacists and racist symbols. The powerful ad portrays the stress and worry haunting immigrant families in an increasingly hostile political and social environment. The ad will begin airing Monday and continue through GOTV weekend.

“In a desperate attempt to become Virginia’s next governor, Ed Gillespie has eagerly embraced racism and xenophobia. We refuse to stand by as bullies like Gillespie slander our families, call us ‘thugs’ and ‘criminals,’ and portray hard-working immigrants as a national security threat,” said Cristóbal J. Alex, president of Latino Victory Fund. “Ed Gillespie has made it abundantly clear what he thinks of Latinos and immigrants, so on Election Day, our community will make it clear how we feel about him.”

Watch the ad in English or Spanish.

  • Stephen Spiker

    What a deeply dishonest and irresponsible ad. “Win by any means necessary”, I suppose.

    • You don’t think Latinos and others are legitimately afraid of Republican governance at this point? They certainly have good reason to be.

      • Stephen Spiker

        Ed Gillespie denounced the tiki torch Nazi march at 8am on Saturday, upon first hearing about the Friday night rally. This was well before things became violent and the story became national news.


        Tying Gillespie to the rally is sickeningly dishonest. Showing a pickup truck with a Gillespie sticker targeting minority children is a new low in Virginia. I’m not thrilled with the tactics Ed’s campaign is using to rally the populist base in Virginia, but both sides are playing from the exact same playbook: stoking fears to divide the electorate.

        • Right, so that’s why so many editorial boards have condemned Gillespie’s race-baiting, despicable campaign.

          • Stephen Spiker

            Oh, you mean like the Northam-endorsing Washington Post, who debated between giving Gillespie either “two or three Pinnochios” for using one expert’s figure of around 2,000 MS-13 gang members in Fairfax, rather than another expert’s estimate of around 1,400?

            But enough “whattaboutism”. This pro-Northam ad is as divisive and dishonest as any campaign ad I’ve ever seen.

          • It’s “dishonest” to say that many Latinos and other immigrants are afraid of the Republican Party at this point? As for the newspapers, let’s quote the Daily Press:

            “Gillespie, a longtime lobbyist who very nearly unseated U.S. Sen. Mark Warner three years ago, has run a campaign centered on a repulsive and racially tinged effort to link Mr. Northam to rape, murder and a noxious criminal gang. For a candidate to resort to this kind of lying attack ought to be disqualifying.”

          • Stephen Spiker

            It is incredibly dishonest to link Ed Gillespie, by name, to the tiki torch Nazis that he was among of the first people to denounce and condemn.

            It is incredibly divisive to portray Gillespie supporters as targeting minority children.

            We don’t need to go round and round, but let’s make one thing absolutely certain: no one has any moral high ground in this election.

          • Typos in your response, let me correct: 🙂

            “but let’s make one thing absolutely certain: Republicans have zero moral high ground in this election – or any election nowadays”

          • woodrowfan

            “It is incredibly divisive to portray Gillespie supporters as targeting minority children.”

            It may be divisive, but it sure is true!!! the republican party is basically now an openly white supremacist organization.

          • Kenneth Newman

            This is the argument that will guarantee you lose.

          • juanmeden

            You, sir, are the race-baiter. You have no shame.

      • juanmeden

        You think that all Gillespie supporters are racists confederates? Disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself.

        • A_Siegel

          1. Anyone says “all” is wrong.
          2. Sadly, the ‘dream’ in that ad is not out of line with what one can actually hear if actually talking to kids in impacted communities.

        • notjohnsmosby

          All? No. A majority percentage? Probably.

          • juanmeden

            You are disgusting.

        • Did I say the word “all?” Nope – I said “Republican governance.” Reading is fundamental…

        • woodrowfan

          no, but you’re sure happy as hell to be in bed with them…..

      • Bobby Hastings

        Latinos legitimately afraid? No. Illegal aliens?, YES as it should be. But to portray white men in a truck chasing kids is ridiculous.

      • Sleuth

        5 Latinos from Argentina were mowed down by a truck yesterday, I’m pretty sure the guy didn’t had a Dixie flag on his truck.

  • juanmeden

    Blatant fear-mongering. Only stupid people would be fooled by such an add . . so, yeah, democrats.

  • WOW! Democrats are scared, desperate and despicable. But the ad will encourage Gillespie voters to get to the polls. Anger is powerful.

  • Sen. Scott Surovell on this ad:

    It’s reflective of much of the fear I’ve heard articulated in the minority community. I had a 16 y/o Latina crying in my kitchen the other day because of Trump ICE raids and I had to answer questions from my 5th grade son about the KKK/Neo-Nazi’s after he watched news footage of men bearing torches chanting “the Jews will not replace us” on the Nightly News. I would never run an ad like this as part of my campaign, attack all Republicans (like Hillary did), or paint this broad of a brush (not everyone w/Tea Party plates is a racist) but I’m not surprised lots of Latinos feel like this.

    I see it as more focused on men with Confederate battle flags flying from the bed of their car. I don’t know many people who do that. I think you’re reading too much into it, but given the Gillespie sticker shot, I can see why you’d connect the dots that far, but I don’t think it paints a picture about all Republicans.

    • Elaine Rachel

      I’m sorry to have to say this because you know I’m a Democrat, but this ad is completely tone deaf and Scott’s reaction falls short of the mark. The ad creates a white male racist Gillespie-supporter straw man that is designed to bait and stoke pre-existing fears. Hate crimes are far too prevalent and minority communities have legitimate reason to fear an increase, but this ad is just going to alienate undecided voters and isn’t going to win over anyone who wasn’t already going to vote Democrat. I don’t see why anyone thought this ad was a good idea – it is ONLY going to create a negative backlash.

  • Jay Evens

    What about all the brothers, mother, fathers, sons, daughters Christians that have nightmares about Muslims? Should we run ads like this when ever a Muslim runs for office? Should we make Mosques put up plaques denouncing radical Islam or force them to remove mosques because they offend people? Muslims also owned and still believe slavery ( and have slave camps in north Africa) is a right of theirs from their own religious book.

  • OrangeDem

    Great ad. Hard to take seriously the vapors suddenly evidenced by numerous posters in this thread who have been previously conspicuously silent about the ten-fold horrendous ads from Gillespie, Vogel, and Adams which have been clouding our mailboxes and airwaves for the entire campaign. Double standard much?

  • RxExec

    How do you live with yourselves, supporting something like this? Full of hate? Designed to separate us even further? Are Latinos afraid of Republicans? Yes, probably, and its because of narratives and ads like this that your team created. What a hellish disgrace.

  • stevey

    It is never a good idea to insult the electorate.
    Probably gives Gillespie a 10% bump in the polls.

  • La Stigmata

    convinced me, I will not vote for Northam.

  • Erlyn Pavon

    English is my second language so excuses my typos.

    I’m a Hispanic who has leave in Virginia for almost 20 years and have not seen a white racist with a confederate flag attacking any minority. What I have seen and a lot more in the last five year the attacks from MS-13 members on my comunity especially on the Hispanic.
    I also know I do not represent all the Hispanic community but I dare to challenge those to put this add along with those that support this craps to show me the statistics, about the violence crime from MS-13 VRS the white confederate racist.
    Also with the abortion in minorities black and Hispanic leading the way, we are been attack directly by the democrats.

    Why do they want to abort us, maybe because they think we are inferior.

    I really don’t want to see the Hispanic and any race for that matter been an slave in the Democratic plantation. You get to stay for a dry carrot and old-cold biskets.

    • Pioneer American

      > leave in Virginia
      > other stuff

      How the hell have you lived in Virginia 20 years and still speak English so badly?

  • Perseus1986

    Over the top, yes, just like almost any end game political ad in history. But I have no sympathy for Gillespie; you spent the post primary season trying to cater to the fringe with a dog whistle rather than run towards the center as the Larry Hogan or Charlie Baker of Virginia, now don’t go crying because your opponents are painting you as a member of that fringe you were seeking out.

    • HaroldCh8

      Shame he didn’t have the cojones to state that the “recent events” was another peaceful pedestrian purge involving a truck driven by a Muslim huh?

    • True Blue

      Ad’s pulled, but it doesn’t change the fact that Gillespie and RPV have and will continue to use race-baiting and fear-mongering. Desperate and despicable as it is, anger is powerful and has been driving the RPV and GOP for many years!

      I don’t think that anyone was going to change his or her vote based on that response ad, although I do think some already changed their votes after seeing all the negative Gillespie race-baiting and fear-mongering ones during the past months. Republicans always blame Democrats generally and now Northam, who did not endorse the ad by the Latino Victory Fund.

  • HaroldCh8

    Meanwhile in the real world a Muslim driving an Islamic truck of peace leaves 8 dead and many more wounded in NYC.


    At least he didn’t have a confederate flag on it though.

    OR DID HE?!?!?!?

  • Erlyn pavon

    So who is in fear now in NY a radical Muslim killed 8 Americans.