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Sharron Angle Wins Most Racist Political Ad of the Year

Yesterday, Nevada’s Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle pulled slightly ahead of Harry Reid in the polls. But, regardless of what happens on November 2nd, she’s already won one contest—against some pretty tough competition.

Angle’s first two race-baiting, anti-immigrant ads (here and here) made her an early favorite in Salon’s Baity Awards for Excellence in the Field of Race-baiting, but it was this latest video that secured her victory in the category ofBest Attempt at Convincing People That Mexican Immigrants Are Drug-running Cartel Assassins.”

Transcript after the jump.

This has got to be the most overtly racist piece of political shit I’ve ever seen. Waves of scowling Mexican thugs (with tattoos! and bandanas! the horror!) force little white girls, who just want to go to school, to live in fear. Meanwhile, Harry Reid is siding with President Obama and the President of Mexico (two more brown men!) while Sharron Angle sits in the sun and drinks coffee at the kitchen table of home and family and all that is good. She’s even driven home the not-so-subtle point further with a new website called The Harry Reid Amnesty Game with the taglineFun for the Entire Illegal Family.”

Unsurprisingly, lots of folks objected to this race-baiting and fear-mongering. The women of The View all agreed it crossed a line, and Joy Behar had some, um, strong words for Angle:I’d like to see her do this ad in the South Bronx. Come here, bitch. Come to New York and do it…I’m not praying for her. She’s going to hell. She’s going to hell, this bitch.”

Now, we all know you shouldn’t call a female politician a “bitch.” And I’m sorry Behar did—if only because the story inevitably became about the offensiveness of her use of the “b-word” instead of the offensiveness of the racist ad. In fact, the next day Angle herself sent Behar an expensive bouquet of flowers and a snarky note that said: “Joy, Raised $150,000 online yesterday—thanks for your help. Sincerely, Sharron Angle.” Nothing like using the sexism thrown at you to fuel a campaign based on getting people to vote for you out of racist, xenophobic fear (or, barring that, just not vote at all).

Eventually, Behar did apologize for her word choice, but not before noting that the flowers Angle sent were probably picked by illegal immigrants who will not be voting for her. She continued: “You know what’s offensive? Watching those ads, and watching people who work for a living made to look like villains. That’s what’s offensive. Not what I said. Let’s get that straight, America.”

Sadly, this strategy just might be as effective as it is offensive.


I’m Sharron Angle and I approve this message.

Waves of illegal aliens streaming across our border, joining violent gangs, forcing families to live in fear. What’s Harry Reid doing about it? Voting to give illegal aliens social security benefits, tax breaks and college tuition. Voting against making English our national language, twice.  Even siding with Obama and the President of Mexico to block Arizona’s tough new immigration law.

Harry Reid, it’s clear whose side he’s on, and it’s not yours.

St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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