NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A controversial campaign ad featuring a group of minority kids being chased down by a truck flying a Confederate flag and donning a Gillespie bumper sticker has put one political committee in hot water on social media.
It's only a minute, but the video that the Latino Victory Fund released Monday on Twitter has drawn a lot of attention as the Virginia governor's race comes to a close and the election nears.
The video shows a man driving a pick-up truck chasing down four minority children through a neighborhood. Turns out, the whole scene was a nightmare all of the children experienced.
At the end of the video, the narrator says, "Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by the American dream?"
David Abrams, a spokesman for the Ed Gillespie campaign, responded to the video saying, "This is sickening. A vile ad from a desperate campaign."
This is sickening. A vile ad from a desperate campaign. https://t.co/KqiKZHrb84— David Abrams (@dmabrams) October 30, 2017
Other Twitter users offered mixed reactions, most of them appalled by the video's message:
this ad is offensive.— Amanda Carey Elliott (@AmandaCarey1) October 30, 2017
This ad is ACCURATE.— Keeli Manning (@lvrandafighter) October 30, 2017
As a Latino, I find this completely ridiculous and embarrassing for an organization who claims to be for Latinos to promote. #vagov— Rick Canton ℹ️ (@TheRickCanton) October 30, 2017
In reality, your rhetoric is what keeps minorities enslaved in poverty & victimhood. This video is disgusting propaganda.— Angelo Ray Gomez (@AngeloRayGomez) October 30, 2017
I'm no fan of Trump, but this is shameful. I refuse to be lectured about civility by anyone who thinks this is appropriate.— Corie Whalen (@CorieWhalen) October 30, 2017
The gubernatorial election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7.