Judging by the situation GOP senatorial nominee Roy Moore’s been put in, due to several sexual harassment allegations against him, one would be right to bet everything on his opponent, Doug Jones. However, with only a week before election day, Alabama Democrat Doug Jones commits an astonishing error.
Obtained by the Federalist Papers Project:
It seems some idiot came up with, and other idiots approved, the following idea to seize upon the predation allegations against Republican Roy Moore:
I just got this in the mail.
This is *NOT* how do outreach to Black voters!
I don’t know who thought this was going to help, but this campaign has engaged Black voters despicably. pic.twitter.com/76WJtkXwms
— William C. (@williamcson) December 7, 2017
Yes, that’s a campaign mailing asking how voters would react “if a black man went after high school girls.” Yes, the Jones campaign admitted it’s theirs.
And yes, people are in an uproar, including liberals. Here’s Ana Valens at the Daily Dot:
But Jones’ ad throws Black people under the bus. As Michael Harriot explains for the Root, the committee’s flyer relies on an “oversimplifciation of the black mind as only caring about black issues.”
“Part of the reason the Democratic Party has been marginalized as a party that only exists on the coasts and in urban areas is whitemannery like this,” he explains. “The Democratic Party is trash. It is the reason Hillary Clinton lost. It is the reason Donald Trump is president” […]
Black voters play a major role in the Democrats’ future. They essentially voted President Obama into office during both 2008 and 2012. The party can’t afford to alienate Black constituents, especially in this election.
Harriot’s Root piece she quotes is worth reading more from (aside from its lies about Donald Trump and conservative policies, of course), for its absolutely brutal assessment of Democrats and race:
For the party leadership, black people aren’t whole people who have the same concerns about taxes, job creation, education initiatives, international policy and economics as other voters. They are simply bodies collected in the coffers of the party’s ineffective longing for power.
Now that Dems think Doug Jones has a decent chance to pick up a Senate seat, they have turned to Alabama’s black electorate as if they were in the state the entire time. Furthermore, the only argument they have made in their efforts to convince black voters to vote for Jones is that one thing he did for black people that one time. Every solicitation is the same: “Remember when he convicted the racists who bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church? See? He’s down!”
[…] Democrats treat blacks in the South like stepchildren from a previous marriage: They’ll have us over for weekends and election holidays, smile and act nice, but they don’t really do shit for us. They treat the new kids better. The white ones.
The ad backfires either way you look at it: either it’s appealing to a stereotype about black men being sex predators, or it’s insinuating that Alabama voters — y’know, the people Jones is trying to persuade to support him — are the sort of people who buy the stereotype and would be rejecting Moore if only his skin color was different.
This is a huge mistake the Democratic Party couldn’t afford. Doug Jones is really gonna be sorry he slipped like this with only a week before election day.