A GOP Senate candidate who was among the 11 Arizona Republicans who signed a forged electors document has released a violent campaign ad where he shoots at actors representing President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Mark Kelly, whose wife—former Rep. Gabby Giffords—survived a brutal assassination attempt in 2011.
“The good people of Arizona have had enough of you,” Jim Lamon says before aiming at the figure representing the president and shooting a gun out of his hands. Lamon is not alone in the ad. Immigrant right advocacy group America’s Voice noted Border Patrol Union President Brandon Judd is among Lamon’s “deputies” in the background.
America’s Voice was among those issuing swift condemnations of the violent ad, which comes just weeks after the 10th anniversary of Giffords’ resignation from Congress after being shot in the head. Frank Sharry, the organization’s executive director, called the ad “dangerous.”
“Lamon’s ad has the Arizona Republican candidate for Senator firing a gun at characters depicting President Biden, Speaker Pelosi and Senator Mark Kelly. The ad depicts violence against elected leaders and should be taken down immediately. It should be denounced by one and all, especially by his fellow Republicans.”
But Lamon instead reveled in the outrage, tweeting he “might single handedly solve the Arizona drought with all the snow flakes that are melting over my Super Bowl ad.” Of course he wanted the attention, because when Republicans aren’t busy trying to overturn democracy, they live to troll liberals. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t forcefully speak out when we see vile acts by sick fucks like Jim Lamon.
“And then there is Border Patrol union chief Brandon Judd,” Sharry continued, asking if the union president has “no shame.” That’s an affirmative “no.”
Recall that Judd once complained that border agents were being “pointed at with this broad brush” after forcibly separating children from their families at the southern border. More than 1,200 families remain separated to this day. The Border Patrol union records its podcast out of racist rag Breitbart’s studio. News reports have also indicated that both the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement unions have worked to sabotage the Biden administration agenda.
As of Friday Lamon’s ad remains on Twitter, and will apparently run in Arizona during the Super Bowl, Phoenix New Times reported. “The advertisement package cost the campaign ‘upwards of six figures,’ according to the campaign's manager Stephen Puetz. It is expected to run on Tucson's NBC station on Sunday during the football game and then would be broadcast statewide on Sunday night.”
Giffords was shot in a Tucson suburb. The decision to run this violent ad is on NBC, the same network that in 2015 decided that allowing the insurrectionist former president to host its trademark show was a swell idea. It’s about money and ratings. But at what cost?
“Violence, insurrection and conspiracy might be the future of many in the Republican Party, but it cannot be the future of America,” Sharry continued in a statement. “Unless idiots like Lamon are held accountable, it will just get worse. As a nation, we should do all we can to keep from finding out where such outrageous behavior will lead.”