<figure> <img src="https://cdni.rt.com/files/2018.10/article/5bcb78aadda4c8430d8b45de.jpg"> <figcaption>© AFP / Jeff Kowalsky / <span class="copyright">Free</span></figcaption> </figure> <strong>Radio ads designed to boost the campaign of a Republican Missouri Senate candidate are raising eyebrows, as they include phrases like “black folk will be catching hell” if his Democrat opponent is voted into office next month.</strong> One such ad features two African-American females talking about <em>"what's happening in Washington."</em> They talk about the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, stating that it's <em>"dangerous to change the presumption of innocence to a presumption of guilt – especially for black men"</em> – and that Attorney-General Josh Hawley, who is running for Senate, knows that.
It then takes aim at Hawley’s opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat who voted against Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court.
“If Claire McCaskill can do that to a white justice for 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 husband, our father, or our sons when a white girl lies on them?” a woman in the ad states.
“Girl, black folk will be catching hell again,” another woman says. “I’m voting for Josh Hawley for Senate because we have to protect our men and boys…”
She adds that “we can’t afford to let Claire McCaskill take us back to the bad old days of race verdicts, life sentences, or worse when someone screams ‘rape.'” Although the word “lynching” was not explicitly used, that comment has been interpreted as implying that the “bad old days” references the days of lynching.
Another ad accuses McCaskill, who is pro-choice, of not caring that black babies are three times more likely to be aborted than white babies.
“Josh Hawley and the Republicans know that black babies matter… and it looks like to me the only black lives that matter to Claire McCaskill are the ones that have a pulse and can make it to the polls to vote for her,” a woman says in the ad.