Will Ads Warning of Liberal “Lynchings” Sway African-American Midterms Voters?

Last month, a super PAC called Black Republicans for the President’s Agenda sponsored radio ads in support of G.O.P. Senate and House candidates, in two tightly contested House and Senate races in Arkansas and Missouri. The fifty-thousand-dollar media buy, which aired on stations with primarily African-American audiences, aimed to convince African-American voters to support Republican candidates by warning of a return of Jim Crow-era lynchings if Democrats gain power. In the ads, two women caution that the Democratic Party’s support for Christine Blasey Ford during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process changed a “presumption of innocence to a presumption of guilt” when it comes to sexual-assault allegations and that “white Democrats will be lynching black…

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