The chair of the Democratic National Committee on Monday called a Breitbart News ad portraying House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “disgusting” and urged Republican leaders to condemn the conservative outlet.
Breitbart News launched a new vertical focused on California politics with an ad campaign that included a Miley Cyrus-referencing image of Pelosi in a nude bikini with her tongue lolling out. Pelosi-as-Cyrus is pictured on all fours below an image of Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) head photoshopped onto his predecessor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body.
“To say the least, the Breitbart News ad is foul, offensive, and disrespectful to all women,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said in a statement. “It is a disgusting new low and would be reprehensible against any woman – regardless of party. It’s no wonder the Republicans are having problems appealing to women.”
Invoking Republican efforts to change the way the party messages to women, Wasserman Schultz challenged GOP leaders to condemn the ad as well as stop publishing on Brietbart News. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote one of the pieces inaugurating the new Breitbart California vertical.
“If GOP leaders are serious about their rebrand, then both their elected and Party leadership should condemn this outrageous behavior, call on Breitbart News to immediately remove the ad, and not continue to use this website as a forum for their views,” the statement continued.
The Pelosi image was one of a series of street art-style ads that also included depictions of a skateboarding Andrew Breitbart, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s head photoshopped onto a woman’s exposed breasts and former CNN host Piers Morgan jumping a chain-link fence.
View the ad below:
Image via Breitbart News
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