A Republican congressman from Arkansas has condemned an advert which uses racist stereotypes in support of his re-election.
In the clip, two women discuss fear-mongering tactics which reference sexual assault and the lynching of black people to encourage black voters to back French Hill.
The radio ad which has reportedly been paid for by PAC Black Americans for the President's Agenda was not endorsed by Hill but has gone viral on social media.
In the ad, one woman says:
Our congressman, French Hill, and the Republicans know that it’s dangerous to change the presumption of innocence to the presumption of guilt, especially for black men.
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?
Another woman then adds:
Girl, white Democrats will be lynching black folk again.
We can’t afford to let white Democrats take us back to race verdicts, life sentences, and lynchings when a white girl screams rape.
In response, 61-year-old Hill, who has held office since 2015, criticised the advert in a tweet and stated that he did not support the message.
However, his criticism of the ad has also suffered its own backlash as many people have been pointing out that the advert had been running for at least a week before he chose to speak out.
Republicans have also suggested that the advert could be an attempt by PAC to intentionally sabotage Hill's campaign.
HT Daily Dot