In the final days of the campaign in Ohio, the stops have been pulled out in the scramble to eke out a win. And that means one super PAC calling on African Americans to vote against President Obama because Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.
Cable viewers in several markets across the state are being treated to ads by an obscure self-described “alternative conservative” super PAC called the Empower Citizens Network. One of the group’s ads accuses Obama and Democrats of imploding the economy by forcing mortgage companies to lend to “unqualified borrowers” while the Soviet national anthem plays. Another promises welfare recipients that “Republicans can save your money source” by reducing regulations on business.
And then there’s the ad which one viewer told TPM is airing in the Columbus area on cable. Our source caught it a couple of times on MSNBC. That ad is the Empower Citizens Network spot that tells African Americans it’s a “lie” that Democrats support them and cites the Emancipation Proclamation as evidence.
Ahh yes, the "Listen up you stupid black people, Abraham Lincoln was a Republican!" argument. Which might be successful except for all the Republicans since Abraham Lincoln being assholes, particularly Nixon, Reagan, and Bush and son. So we're going to go with "No, stop being a condescending jagoff."
Nice try, however. Next time, try not to pass laws that make it harder for African-Americans to vote at all in an obvious attempt to disenfranchise us, shall we?