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 HillTop Democrat leads bipartisan trip to Middle East The Hill's Morning Report - Bidens to visit Surfside, Fla., collapse site On The Money: Pelosi rebuffs McConnell on infrastructure | White House mounts full-court press on infrastructure deal | Supreme Court leaves CDC eviction moratorium intact 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 KavanaughAn obscure Supreme Court ruling is a cautionary tale of federal power Murkowski leans into record ahead of potentially bruising reelection bid Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald 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 TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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.