Is Angle’s New Ad Racebaiting?

Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle has released another anti-immigration ad against her rival Harry Reid, but some are saying this ad goes too far.

According to Salon, it’s the most blatantly race focused ad since Jesse Helms released his 20 years ago.

It’s hard not to watch Sharron Angle’s new television ad, which features menacing shots of illegal immigrants sneaking across the border as a narrator ticks off all of the ways “illegals” are hurting “you” (with Harry Reid’s help!), and not be reminded of the notorious race-baiting spot that Jesse Helms aired in the closing days of his 1990 Senate campaign against Harvey Gantt.

Helms’ “hands” ad, considered one of the most blunt appeals to racial resentment in the history of televised political advertising, showed a pair of white hands crumbling up a rejection letter from a prospective employer. “You wanted that job,” the narrator says. “You needed that job. But they had to give it to a minority because of a racial quota.”

The same basic technique is evident in both the Helms and Angle spots: portraying the Democratic candidate as a politically correct social tinkerer who is more interested in helping undeserving minorities than “you.”

One has to wonder if Sharron Angle’s spokesperson will disavow this ad, as well.

Angle is currently leading Sen. Reid by 3 points in a poll released by Fox News.

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44 comments

Zoraida Colon-collado
Zoraida colon5 years ago

Gary Heck, go back to history class, but this time, go to one that was NOT written by the conquerers! "When the European settlers came to this continent, the U.S. was not a country, it was uncivilized wilderness." Indigenous people had their OWN type of civilization LONG before your ancestors came to rob, rape and pillage, as they had been doing in EUROPE before they go here. Your concept that ONLY white European types of "civilization" are actually civilized can and had been countered by ACTUAL historians for many years. And you are right, the ONLY people who have to cross rivers and sneak in are the Hispanics from Mexico, and the rest of South America, where we have been funding coups to keep the rich up and the poor down. The REST of the illegal aliens can get passports and then just overstay and work without visas because no one is looking for them, they are white! So only if you have a society where things can be written on paper counts? Get a grip.

Jack H.
Jack H.5 years ago

I'm a Nevada voter who will vote for Sharon Angle. Harry Reid is the very picture of what's wrong with government- a politician with no idea or care about life in the real world. Washington needs a major shakeup, and while Angle is a less than ideal opponent for elected royalty like Reid, and the ad in question does have unfortunate moments, she's no racist( what, oh what, would you liberals do without that oh so useful word?). This nation will collapse under the direction of the current mentality in Washington. Democrat and Republican politicians, almost to a person, are self serving traitors who will do anything to keep their power. I've heard insanity defined as trying the same ideas while hoping for different results each time. Perhaps most of us are insane; we keep trying the same politicians over and over.

Michael Cunningham

"First of all, Sharon Angle is a nut job and everything possible must be done to keep her from being elected or having any position of authority."

Apparently that includes lying, grasping at straws, playing on people's emotions, and attempts to scare (at least a portion) the people.

Michael Cunningham

"The same basic technique is evident in both the Helms and Angle spots: portraying the Democratic candidate as a politically correct social tinkerer who is more interested in helping undeserving minorities than "you.""

This is a load of "bullhockey" Further there is the attempt to tug on the heart strings instead of engaging the mind in the use of "helping undeserving minorities". Use of the term is intended to remove the argument from "gifting illegals with all kinds of benefits" to one of if you do not support Mr Reid you "must be racist".

Clearly the author of the article is guilty of racist behavior. Mr Reid in deciding that people not his constituents are more deserving is clearly guilty of a bias that is diametrically opposed to his oath to the people of this nation.

Gary Heck
Gary Heck5 years ago

First of all, Sharon Angle is a nut job and everything possible must be done to keep her from being elected or having any position of authority.

That being said and speaking directly to the AD, unfortunately I think it's very effective. On the surface it appears racist but the truth of the matter is that 83% of the illegal aliens are Hispanic from south of the border. So depicting Hispanics in the AD is depicting the group that comprises the vast majority of the illegal aliens in this country. I suppose if other races had been depicted according to the percentage each represented, the AD would have appeared less racist. Like it or not, the AD is effective and I hope Reid comes back with an equally effective AD.

And for those of you who think all of our ancestors are illegal aliens, please read your history before you start spouting off about something you obviously know nothing about, like a Republican. When the European settlers came to this continent, the U.S. was not a country, it was uncivilized wilderness. It was sparsely inhabited by indigenous people living in small tribal groups that constantly warred with each other over hunting grounds and perceived insults of varying degrees.

Only sovereign countries with immigration laws can have illegal immigrants. In other words, those who are in the country in violation of the immigration laws.

Larry H.
Larry H.5 years ago

I have no problem with legal immigrants gaining the rewards of being in this country, but I do have a problem with illegal immigrants.

Zoraida Colon-collado
Zoraida colon5 years ago

A recent TV program revealing the "secret" backers of the Tea Party, Radical Right Christians and other "Right Wing" movements, such as the KKK, American Nazi Party and others, comes as no surprise to me. They could not get their agenda, "America for Whites Only" passed if they did not disguise it as "patriotism", "Christianity" or "Anti-gay, anti-illegal aliens, etc.". A lesson should be learned from the Native Americans who let the "Christians" in only to learn that while they held up the cross as they came in, it was swiftly followed by the sword! When anyone comes at me preaching, "the word of God" or waving a flag, I immediately put my back to the wall and hang onto my wallet! Sharon Angle is only saying what many of her backers REALLY believe, and THAT is the really scary part. If we don't get out and vote out this "backlash" movement, we are in for Nazi storm troopers at our doors in the middle of the night, breaking our doors down to search for "contraband" like books on evolution and foreign movies. Think I'm exagerating? Read up on some of these candidates and the organizations that back them. Steven King could learn a few things from them.

Jack S.
Jack Schlotte5 years ago

Not only is Angle's ad racist and immoral, even this article made no mention of the outright lies and deceptions within it. Go to PolitiFact.com to see her ugly propaganda exposed! Do not vote for these EVIL Republicans!
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/sep/17/sharron-angle/sharron-angle-says-harry-reid-wants-give-illegals-/

Marilyn K.
Marilyn K.5 years ago

This subject has many sides to it and many opinions. She is stirring the pot to bring attention to herself and pander to racists.

Edward M.
Edward M.5 years ago

The people of Nevada need to make certain that Sharron Angle finishes up as a runner-up in the forthcoming elections.