Sunday, February 04, 2018

Going After Marginalized Communities

We are easy pickings for politicians but sometimes there is pushback when they go too far with their hate and bigotry.
Ives ad targets transgender community, immigrants and women who get abortions
Chicago Sun Times
By Tina Sfondeles
February 3, 2018

A controversial new ad by Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives targets the transgender community, illegal immigrants and women who get abortions — in a statewide television ad that some are calling “repulsive” and “appalling.”

The Ives campaign said the ad “represents Gov. [Bruce] Rauner’s chosen constituents based on the policy choices he made.” Spokeswoman Kathleen Murphy said the ad will begin airing this weekend throughout the state.
The ad marks a sharp public shift to the right in Ives’ campaign. Ives had been gaining attention following a debate with Rauner at the Chicago Tribune last week. And her sharp critiques of the governor were used in a digital ad by Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.
Yeah let’s attack those who are already marginalized to get votes and campaign donation, let’s stir up hate. Who cares if someone gets murdered or physically attacked or verbally attacked… hey I made another $10,000 in donations and I went up in the polls with more voters who crawled out from under a rock.
The Huffington Post reported that there has been kickback from the ads,
Illinois GOP Rep. Under Fire For Ad Mocking Transgender Community, Feminists
Both Democrats and Republicans called Rep. Jeanne Ives’ gubernatorial campaign ad “bigoted” and “homophobic.”
By Carla Herreria
February 3, 2018

The Republican primary challenger in Illinois’ gubernatorial race is in hot water for a campaign ad that mocks the transgender community, Women’s March activists and immigration activists.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, who is running against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary, released the ad Saturday in an attempt to challenge her opponent’s conservative values.

Her 30-second spot features actors outfitted to portray a transgender woman, an anti-fascist protestor wearing a hood and a bandana over his face, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union and a Women’s March activist.

Each character mockingly thanks Rauner for enacting policies that support their supposed demographic. The ad, as the Chicago Tribune pointed out, misrepresents the effects of Rauner’s policies.
“We already have enough hate and bigotry in the White House,” Rebecca Evans said on behalf of Kennedy. “We don’t need a governor who stands silent against Donald Trump, and we certainly don’t need a governor who echoes Donald Trump.”
It should be interesting to see how she does in the primaries. Will all that hate turn off the Republican voters? Or will it energize her base?

All those of you who will be attending a Super Bowl party stay safe on the way home! If you can’t drive call a ride don’t become a statistic.

 I am hosting a Super Bowl party and I made sure that everyone knows that they can sleep over at my house if they need to. I am also willing to take away anyone’s keys and get them a ride home or give them a blanket and a couch.

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