Charles Booker is a Black candidate for the United States Senate in Kentucky. He served in the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing the 43rd district from 2019 to 2021. In a shocking campaign ad, Booker wore a rope around his neck and took aim at Rand Paul.
TMZ posted Booker’s new ad that focuses on lynching in the South throughout history. It even utilizes an actual noose that he fastens around his neck while narrating. Booker narrated on how lynching was formerly used as a tool of terror against African-Americans in Kentucky.
He considers it so significant that he’s the first Black Kentuckian to win the Democratic nomination to challenge Sen. Paul in November. He went on to cite some of what he views to be problematic positions Paul has stated. It includes comparing increased health care to slavery.
It also includes opposing the federal anti-lynching act which has since become law. He declared he would have opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This was certainly a powerful ad and the imagery is intense.
Paul has made controversial remarks about the CRA in the past, but they’re a little more nuanced than Booker portrays them here. In any case, Booker compares defeating Paul in the general election to removing the noose around his own neck, implying that the two are linked. Senator Paul has yet to respond.
We must warn you that this commercial is a little difficult to watch. Check out the video below.
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