Lindsey Graham Campaign Ad Shows Opponent With Altered Darker Skin Tone
Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) campaign released an ad on Facebook earlier this month depicting his opponent, who is Black, with a digitally altered darker skin tone, according to CNN.
- The ad uses a photo of Democrat Jaime Harrison that was first published in The New York Times, the news outlet reported. But in Graham’s ad, Harrison is “surrounded by a dark, portrait-style background effect with a notably darker skin tone.”
- Along with the image, which also features actress Kathy Griffin, the Facebook post states: "Hollywood continues to bankroll my opponent, raising tens of thousands in campaign cash to attack me -- but they fail to understand this simple fact: South Carolinians won't stand for Radical Leftists telling them how to think and how to vote. Are you with me?"
Hollywood continues to bankroll my opponent, raising tens of thousands in campaign cash to attack me -- but they fail to understand this simple fact:...
- Graham’s campaign said the ad’s characterization of Harrison’s skin tone was a “non-story,” adding that the same effect was used previously on Graham’s face.
"It's sad that detractors are making up fake accusations about this graphic -- intended to highlight Jaime Harrison's support from Kathy Griffin, a liberal actress who once posed with a fake severed head of Donald Trump," T.W. Arrighi, communications director for Graham's campaign, told CNN in a statement Tuesday.
"The artistic effect used, the same one that was used on Senator Graham just two days before in a video, is a non-story. The only people who want to shift focus from policies important to South Carolinians -- like creating jobs and bringing our medical supply chain back from China -- are liberal detractors who are trying to hide their radical positions."
- Harrison’s campaign did not comment to CNN on the record, instead directing the news outlet to JA Moore, a South Carolina state representative and Harrison campaign surrogate.
- Moore said he was “disgusted” by the ad, telling CNN: "It's the kind of dog-whistle politics that the Republican party has been practicing for a number of years now.”
- The Lexington County, South Carolina, Democratic Party responded similarly, tweeting: "We don't care how dark a person's skin might be. We vote for the person, not their skin pigment. We all know Jaime and know a fake photo.”