JD Vance slams media for calling Americans ‘racist’ for trying to secure border

Author JD Vance, the GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio, released a provocative new television ad on Tuesday calling out the establishment media for claiming that Americans who want to secure the border and stop the flow of illicit drugs are “racist”.

“Are you racist? Vance says to open the ad looking directly at the camera. “Do you hate Mexicans? The media calls us racists for wanting to build Trump’s wall. They censor us, but that doesn’t change the truth.

Next, Vance claims that Democratic President Joe Biden is responsible for the deaths of Americans as a result of illegal drugs being trafficked across the border.

“Joe Biden’s open border is killing Ohioans,” Vance says. “With more illegal drugs and more Democratic voters pouring into this country. This problem is personal. I almost lost my mother to this poison crossing our border. No child should grow up an orphan.

Vance’s intense focus on immigration — and especially drugs crossing the open southern border — is likely a winner of an issue for him in the home stretch before the May 3 GOP primary for the Senate. American in Ohio. It also means that while many of his opponents are focusing on personal attacks on each other – the first Senate debate saw Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons come to an almost fistfight on stage – Vance is focusing on the main issues of concern. the electors. Vance has won every post-debate poll since, including the first, jumping just at the right time before the primary.

Vance has done nearly 50 town halls across Ohio:

Immigration was also at the center of his campaign:

He used his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February to focus on the issue:

Vance’s super PAC has spent seven figures on a pair of TV commercials over the past two months to get the message across as well, focusing on the “personal” nature of the drug crisis and the open frontier on Vance and his childhood :

This ad from Vance’s campaign in the home stretch of the race is a continuation of that larger story, and it helps Vance connect with people who have also been affected by a lack of border security.

The race also promises to be particularly competitive during the general elections. As former President Donald Trump won Ohio in 2016 and 2020, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) — the likely Democratic senatorial nominee — launched a series of China-bashing ads and messages from a populist point of view. These ads ask if anyone other than Vance could hold down Trump’s coalition and win the general election as a Republican in Ohio in 2022:

While Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) just endorsed Mandel — unsurprisingly, as Cruz and Mandel share the same political consultants, like other endorsements Cruz has made nationwide — Vance just arranged a fundraiser in West Palm Beach, Florida, at which Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. made a surprise appearance. While not an endorsement by Trump, this appearance, along with other key Trump family backers at important times, appears to help Vance on the home stretch.

Trump himself has yet to endorse the race but may do so in the final weeks.


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