President Donald Trump is a bigot. He sees anyone who isn’t white, male, and wealthy as subhuman.
One of the worst parts of Trump being elected to the presidency is how other bigots can now proclaim their hate without fear of consequences. Today’s out and proud bigot is Illinois state representative Jeanne Ives.
The Republican representative is currently running for governor of Illinois against Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner. Many Illinois residents feel that, during his tenure as governor, Rauner has espoused more liberal views, including aiding in “radically liberal social policies.” In response, Ives produced and aired an incredibly controversial campaign ad.
The video, which began airing last week, mockingly thanks Rauner for several of his more liberal social justice policies.
A woman in a pink pussy hat, made famous at the first Women’s March after Trump’s election, thanks Rauner for making Illinois tax payers pay for her abortion.
A person who is clearly a man in a dress says, “Thank you for signing legislation that lets me use the girl’s bathroom”.
A man in a hoodie with a bandanna over his face thanks Rauner for making Illinois a sanctuary state for “illegal immigrant criminals”.
And a woman in a Chicago Teacher’s Union t-shirt thanks him for making the state of Illinois “bail out Chicago teacher’s pensions”.
The ad is so distasteful, both Democrats and Republicans are calling for Ives to pull the spot. Rauner’s campaign spokesman, Will Allison, said, “This TV ad has no place in Illinois…It just shows how unelectable Representative Ives really is.” Republican Party Chair Tim Schneider released a statement saying, “There is no place in the Illinois Republican Party for rhetoric that attacks our fellow Illinoisans based on their race, gender or humanity. Representative Ives’ campaign ad does not reflect who we are as the Party of Lincoln and as proud residents of our great and diverse state. She should pull down the ad and immediately apologize to the Illinoisans who were negatively portrayed in a cowardly attempt to stoke political division.”
But Ives and her campaign refuse to remove the ad, citing that it shows voters Rauner’s “real agenda“.
This is what electing a bigot to the highest electable office in the country has done. More and more people like Trump and Ives come out of the woodwork every day, and feel safe and justified spouting their hatred in every possible way. It is hard to even take solace in the fact that at least now we know these scumbag’s faces, because hate breeds more hate.
Watch Ives defend her sickening ad here: