Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle has a new ad, pushing further on a theme she’s been hammering for some time: That Democrat Harry Reid is friendly to scary illegal immigrants, harming good law-abiding (white) Americans and their children.
“Waves of illegal aliens streaming across our border, joining violent gangs, forcing families to live in fear,” the announcer says. “And what’s Harry Reid doing about it? Voting to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits, tax breaks, and college tuition. Voting against declaring English our national language — twice. And even sided 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.”
As with a previous ad, the victims of illegal immigration — in this case the families living in fear, and kindergarteners who won’t grow up in an America where English is the only official language — all appear to be white, and stand in stark contrast to the dark-skinned criminals illegally coming from the Mexican border.
The TPM Poll Average gives Angle a lead of 48.5%-47.4%.
Late Update: Greg Sargent makes a great point — that this ad comes right after Angle’s implausible denial that her ads necessarily featured scary Latinos at all:
Here’s why this is important. As you may recall, when Angle recently came under fire for another immigration ad that pictured swarthy young men sneaking around, she distanced herself from it by claiming that the men in her spot weren’t necessarily Latinos.
Angle even suggested her ad was a reference to border security in general, claiming: “Our northern border is where the terrorists came through.”
Now that her new ad explicitly shows the Texas-Mexico border, can we assume that her earlier explanation is no longer operative?