Rep. Jeanne Ives Should Quit Governor’s Race After Offensive Ad

Political campaigns can be brutal and the ads that go along with them can sometimes be personal. Typically, though, any ad hominem attacks are directed at the candidate’s opponent, not their future constituents. Rep. Jeanne Ives, however, sees no issue in crossing that line in her bid to become governor of Illinois.

Ives is running against incumbent Bruce Rauner in the Republican primary and recently released an ad which, she believes, attacks Rauner’s policies. Both Democrats and Republicans disagree and say the ad is bigoted and homophobic and attacks residents of Illinois more than Rauner.

The ad features several actors playing constituents and “thanking” Governor Rauner for his policies. The actors play a trans woman, Women’s March activist, member of the teacher’s union and a criminal with his face covered by a handkerchief.

The trans woman thanks Rauner for letting her use the girl’s bathroom. The Women’s March activist thanks the governor for making taxpayers pay for her abortions. There’s additional criticism about Rauner’s policies regarding sanctuary cities and bailouts.

A Care2 petition, with almost 8,000 supporters at the time of writing, requests that Rep. Ives withdraw from the race because of her offensive ad, saying that even in our tumultuous political climate the ad “goes too far.”

“The offensive ad makes it very clear that Rep. Jeanne Ives cannot represent all of her constituents,” the petition states. The petition goes on to call the ad “purposefully diviside.”

Ives, on the other hand, sees nothing wrong with the ad and can’t understand what everyone is so upset about and was “a little bit surprised at some of the hysteria.”  Responding to the criticism, Ives called the ad “edgy” but “accurate.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, Ives went on to spew further transphobic remarks in her response, even misgendering the person who portrayed a trans woman.

“The transgender man, that’s exactly what typically a transgender man looks like,” said Ives. She says she knows because she’s “had him show up at [her] door.”

Political campaigns can, unfortunately, get dirty. But keeping the campaign about policy differences between candidates shouldn’t be that hard, and mocking constituents shouldn’t even be a possibility. Ives showed in this ad that she’s not interested in representing all residents of Illinois, just the ones who fall in line with her bigoted perspective.

In November, when Danica Roem, a trans woman, defeated self-proclaimed “chief homophobe” Bob Marshall, she did not attack Marshall personally although he did not have the same respect for her. And when she was elected as Virginia state delegate, and was asked to give a comment about Marshall, she declined.

“I don’t attack my constituents,” said Roem. “Bob is my constituent now.”

Perhaps Ives should have learned some of this grace before running for governor.

If you want to make a difference on an issue you find deeply troubling, you too can create a Care2 petition and use this handy guide to get you started. You’ll find Care2′s vibrant community of activists ready to step up and help you.

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Chad A
Chad A4 days ago

I am glad I no longer live in Illinois.

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Chrissie R5 days ago

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John B6 days ago

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Veronica Danie8 days ago

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Sonia M9 days ago

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Janet B9 days ago

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Winn A10 days ago

Petition Signed on February 6, 2018

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