Thursday, October 23, 2014

OKEEM - GOP Race-Baiting and the New ‘Willie Horton’ Ad

Chidike Okeem, a conservative in California, writes:

"The Nikko Jenkins ad is so closely reminiscent of the Willie Horton ad used in the 1988 presidential election to attack Michael Dukakis’ indisputably preposterous decision to allow weekend furloughs for Horton—a man who had been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. The ads have so many similarities that it is simply implausible that the creators of the Nikko Jenkins ad did not intend to create the 21st century iteration of the infamous and highly controversial Willie Horton ad. The use of the ad demonstrates that Republicans, following the example of mainstream conservative entertainers, are far more interested in courting controversy than seriously persuading people about the advantages of conservative ideas."

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