Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) on Thursday condemned a fake campaign ad circulating under his name that implies President Barack Obama is a communist.
Wilson became a lighting rod for criticism from the left, and some on the right, when he shouted "you lie!" at President Barack Obama during his September speech on healthcare reform before a joint session of Congress. He later apologized for interrupting the speech, but the House later voted to officially condemn Wilson.
The fifth-term congressman said on his Twitter account "Have heard about a fake ad circulating under my name. To be clear, this ad is not produced by our campaign, is offensive, & shld be removed."
The 30-second ad begins with a clip of President Barack Obama's speech to students on the first day of school this year. Red-colored text scrolls across the screen that says "Community Activist," a message that morphs into "Communist Activity."
The image then changes from Obama to clips of Red Army parades featuring infantrymen, tanks, and rockets. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev appears on screen speaking at a rostrum saying "your children will be communists." Then, it flashes to a segment of President Lyndon B. Johnson's controversial "Daisy" campaign ad in which the narrator says "these are the stakes, or we must die."
"The stakes are too high for you to stay home," it concludes. The end of the ad contains Wilson's campaign logo and says "paid for by Joe Wilson for Congress."
Cross-posted to the Briefing Room