GOP lawmaker condemns ad warning black voters Dems will bring back 'lynchings'

GOP lawmaker condemns ad warning black voters Dems will bring back 'lynchings'
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An Arkansas Republican on Thursday condemned a right-leaning group over an advertisement in support of his campaign airing on radio stations in predominantly African-American areas in the state.

Rep. French HillJames (French) French HillDunford withdraws from consideration to chair coronavirus oversight panel PPP application deadline should be extended and fixes made to program to keep recovery going Financial firms facing serious hacking threat in COVID-19 era MORE (R-Ark.) tweeted Thursday evening that an ad warning black voters that white Democrats would bring back "lynchings" if they retake Congress in the fall and likening the issue to allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughDavis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Kavanaugh urged Supreme Court to avoid decisions on Trump finances, abortion: report Buy the dip: Bet on Trump MORE was "nonsense" and had no place in the campaign.

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"Some may have heard an appalling ad on the radio. I condemn this outrageous ad in the strongest terms," Hill tweeted, while not linking to audio of the ad directly.

"I do not support that message, and there is no place in Arkansas for this nonsense," he added.9

Hill's tweet referred to an ad from Black Americans for the President's Agenda, a right-leaning group formed in support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE and chaired by Del. Jill Upson (R), a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.

Audio of the advertisement went viral on social media earlier on Thursday, with Twitter users criticizing the ad for linking the Kavanaugh hearings to the use of false rape allegations to justify white lynch mobs that targeted black men throughout the south especially during the Reconstruction period.

"Girl, white Democrats will be lynching black men again," one unidentified voice says in the ad.

A request for comment to the group from The Hill was not immediately returned. A poll of the race last month showed Hill leading his opponent, Clarke Tucker (D) by 9 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight.