A Republican candidate and law enforcement officer in California is promising to “take Linda Sanchez out” in a campaign ad against the incumbent Democratic representative that features an animated machine gun.
In the 5-minute commercial posted to YouTube on Monday, a machine is seen blasting away at a wall to reveal the message, “Jorge Robles for Congress: Take Linda Sanchez Out of Office.”
The ad goes on to declare that Rep. Linda Sanchez is a “hot mess” because she has not paid off her student loans and “has problems budgeting her lifestyle.”
It concludes with the animation of a machine gun again firing at a wall with Sanchez’s name on it.
Robles campaign manager Robert Davis pointed to the candidate’s job as a state parole agent as an explanation for the violent imagery.
“Mr. Robles is in law enforcement, if you’re not aware of that, so I think it’s his way of just kind of sending our message,” Davis told Politicker. “We’re going after Linda Sanchez, not in the way that portrays it to be if you’re thinking like that.”
Sanchez is in a three-way race with Robles and Republican accountant Benjamin Campos in the heavily-Democratic 38th District. The primary is being held on Tuesday, but because of the top-two primary format, Sanchez will almost certainly face one of the Republicans again in November.
Last year, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in Arizona after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) put her on a “target list” that included an image of crosshairs over the congresswoman’s district.
Robles did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.
Watch this video from Jorge Robles, uploaded June 4, 2012.
Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019