In Michigan, an ad for an Americans for Prosperity watch party for the State of the Union is going as far as it can with the conservative claim that President Barack Obama is a communist.
An advertisement (pictured above) for a State of the Union watch party in Michigan sponsored by AFP features Obama with the Kremlin in the background. The ad reads “Thank You, Comrade Obama: for Saving the Children from the menace of guns, family, liberty, work, and other outdated values.”
The ad seems to be a play off of an communist advertisement featuring Joseph Stalin.
The ad includes a link to thepeoplescube.com, a website trying to poke fun at “progressive liberals.”
The image was taken down later on Monday. A spokesman for Americans for Prosperity in Michigan said the image was not created by someone at the group.
“The author of the page was an outside actor hoping to attract friends to the event,” State Communications Manager Chris Neefus wrote to TPM. “Our organization did not produce and does not endorse any of the content associated with this social media post.”
Conservatives have long tried to spread the outlandish view that Obama is some kind of closet socialist even though favorites of the right, like former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), have said that the president does not lean that far to the left.
Correction: This post originally stated that the image was produced by Americans for Prosperity. It was actually produced by someone who does not work for the organization.
This post was updated.
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