WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just one day after the Democratic Latino Victory Fund released an anti-GOP ad featuring a man driving a pickup truck, with a Confederate flag and bumper sticker supporting Republican governor hopeful Ed Gillespie, chasing down a group of minority children, an immigrant from Uzbekistan plowed a rented pickup truck into a group of patrons, killing eight people and seriously wounding 11 others, including children.
Sayfullo Saipov, who legally entered the United States in 2010 under the “Chuck Schumer beauty” Diversity Immigrant Visa program from Uzbekistan, shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he drove into the crowd of innocents.
The Latino Victory Fund pulled their ad after the terrorist attack. But the damage was already done.
The ad was meant to paint the Republican party, and its supporters, as racist, anti-immigrant bigots whose immigration policies translate into disdain for minority children. The pickup truck touch appeared to be an attack on “rednecks.”
It was released just one week prior to the highly-anticipated November seventh Virginia gubernatorial elections.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie’s campaign decried the Latino Victory Fund’s ad as “disgusting” and an “attack on the people of Virginia.”
On Wednesday, President Trump pointed out over Twitter that the Diversity Immigrant Visa program was introduced in part by then-Rep. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in 1990. On Thursday, he called for its termination and said it was “a disaster for our country.”
Instead, Trump wants merit-based immigration; immigration that would reward points to applicants based on education, high-paying job offers, their past achievements, and their proficiency in English.
Democrat Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who is running against Gillespie in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election, did not disavow the Latino Victory Fund’s attack ad on Gillespie and Trump supporters. In fact, he even approved of a Democratic mailer that sought to link Gillespie to white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville. Gillepsie repeatedly condemned white supremacism. In return, Republicans blasted Northam and accused him of exploiting the violence, that resulted in one death, for personal political gain.
The left-leaning Washington Post editorial board, which endorsed Northam, also slammed the Latino Victory Fund’s ad saying it “was vile” and had “no place” in the Virginia governor’s race. “Among other faults, it glossed over the fact that Mr. Gillespie condemned the white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville far more directly than did President Trump,” they wrote.
On November 7, the people of Virginia will decide who they believe better represents their values.