Senator Lindsey Graham’s campaign was caught running a Facebook ad featuring Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison with a “digitally altered darker skin tone” — and when confronted about it, Graham’s campaign called it “a non-story” and refused to apologize. The ad comes “at a time of nationwide reckoning over race” and as two new polls have found a tightening Senate race, with Harrison pulling within just a few points of Senator Graham.
This is the second time this week that a desperate and increasingly vulnerable GOP incumbent has been found manipulating photos of their opponent in an offensive way. On Monday, Senator David Perdue in Georgia blamed a “graphic design flaw” for an anti-Semitic Facebook fundraising ad that deliberately “lengthened and widened” Jon Ossoff’s nose — and he still hasn’t apologized for it.
“Senator Graham is resorting to these desperate and disgusting tactics to attack Jaime Harrison because he knows he is deeply vulnerable and has fallen out of touch with the people of South Carolina,” said DSCC spokesperson Helen Kalla. “Senator Graham must take responsibility for this offensive ad and apologize to South Carolinians.”
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