Baton Rouge, LA – U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-Louisiana) released a campaign ad this week that makes his position on funding law enforcement very clear and suggests that anybody who wants to defund the police should “call a crackhead” when they need help instead of 911 (video below).
It was the third campaign ad the incumbent Senator has released so far this campaign cycle and critics called it the most brutal so far, WAFB reported.
“Violent crime is surging in Louisiana,” Kennedy said in the video as footage showed ring doorbell video of armed criminals holding a victim at gunpoint.
“Woke leaders blame the police. I blame the criminals,” the Senator’s voice continued over video of Black Lives Matter marches in his state.
“A mom should not have to look over her shoulder when she’s pumping gas,” he asserted as video showed more real crimes that have happened in recent months in Louisiana.
“I voted against the early release of violent criminals, and I opposed defunding the police,” Kennedy said.
The video showed footage of Kennedy shaking hands with officers and said that the incumbent senator is endorsed by the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association.
Then the ad went back to a close view of Kennedy’s very serious face.
“Look, if you hate cops just because they’re cops, the next time you’re in trouble, call a crackhead,” the Senator said.
Anti-police activists were furious and called the “crackhead” line in the ad overboard and racist, WAFB reported.
“The fact that something like that would be said to make fun of people who are dying with everything that’s going on in our community,” Tonja Myles, a substance abuse specialist and mental health advocate, said. “Being a person in recovery and being an ex-crackhead, I was very offended, and I thought that went too far.”
Myles said she was triggered when she saw Kenney’s latest ad, WAFB reported.
“I was appalled, I was triggered, I was mad, I was sad, and I was hurt,” the woman ranted. “I had just walked in my house from having a conversation with a mom, who just lost her son to a fentanyl overdose. Who was using crack cocaine and some other drugs and did not know fentanyl was in it.”
She said she was contacted by Kennedy’s office on Monday after she posted her criticism on social media, WAFB reported.
“They wanted to have a conversation and I told them I will get back with them. Because that’s a conversation I don’t mind having. And I told them I don’t mind having the conversation, but my ask is still going to be the same, take it down,” Myles explained.
“And we wonder why people don’t come out and talk about addiction or talk about mental health in our community, because of things like this. And we have to do better,” she added.
Watch the campaign ad video here below:
New campaign ad from Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.): "If you hate cops just because they’re cops, the next time you get in trouble, call a crackhead." pic.twitter.com/krL6GU5PDQ
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