A Republican candidate for Georgia governor brags about his conservative credentials in a new ad released Wednesday, saying he has a “big truck” to “round up criminal illegals.”
Brian Kemp, the current secretary of state, is fresh off another ad in which he points a double-barreled shotgun at a teenage boy asking to go on a date with one of his daughters. Viewers complained to a local NBC affiliate about the ad, to which Kemp responded that “liberals in the media are losing their minds off a fake controversy.”
But now Kemp seems to be coming back for more controversy. In his new, and totally-not-compensating-for-anything ad, Kemp shows off his big chainsaw, big collection of big guns, and his big truck.
“I own guns that no one’s taking away. My chainsaw’s ready to rip up some regulation,” he says. “I got a big truck, just in case I need to round up some criminal illegals and take ’em home myself.”
“Yep, I just said that,” Kemp cheerily adds. “If you want a politically incorrect conservative, that’s me.”
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kemp is in a statistical dead heat for second spot in the Republican primary on May 22, which would likely lead to a runoff in July against Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.
Throughout his campaign Kemp has, unsurprisingly, painted himself as the law and order candidate, promising to speed up deportations, create a new “criminal alien database” to track unauthorized immigrants, and crack down on gang activity — following Trump’s lead in tweeting about “savage gangs.”
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) May 4, 2018
Kemp also comes to the race with his fair share of scandals. In 2015, his office accidentally disclosed the private information of 6 million voters, including their Social Security numbers. The same year he was also targeted by a lawsuit claiming that he, along with other investors, had failed to repay more than $700,000 in loans as part of an investment in a canola and sunflower oil processor.
Kemp is hardly the first Republican candidate to fear-monger about immigration and gang violence in the Trump era. During the Virginia gubernatorial primary last year, Republican candidate Ed Gillespe attacked his Democratic rival, Ralph Northam, over the false claim that he voted for sanctuary cities in Virginia.
“Ralph Northam cast the deciding vote in favor of sanctuary cities that let dangerous illegal immigrants back on the street, increasing the threat of gangs like MS-13,” a radio ad by Gillespe said. “We have to ban sanctuary cities and deport dangerous illegal immigrants who commit crimes, starting with ruthless MS-13 gang members.”
Virginia doesn’t have any sanctuary cities, a point Gillespie later conceded at a gubernatorial debate.