Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina are condemning a flier that urged black residents to vote via an image of a black man being lynched, WNCN reports.
The flier, which was placed on vehicles outside of the Kingdom Impact Global Ministries, read “Kay Hagan doesn’t win! Obama’s impeachment will begin! Vote in 2014.” The text had been superimposed over a public domain image of a lynching by a group calling itself “Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County.”
Democrats and Republicans both denied being affiliated with — or even being aware of the existence of — a group by that name.
“I think it’s unfortunate to use this kind of emotion as a means to getting people out to vote. It’s bad information,” Cumberland Country’s Republican chairwoman Linda Devore said. “It’s the wrong way to inform voters.”
A spokesman for Kay Hagan, Chris Hayden, told the Observer, “I don’t know anything about the group or flier. We don’t coordinate with outside groups.”
Fliers by the same group were also distributed at the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, but they only contained the text, not the background image.
The president of the Fayetteville chapter of the NAACP, Jimmy Buston, said that he does not believe the fliers were racist.
“That’s what the community feels,” he told the Fayetteville Observer. “That if the Senate is taken over by the Republicans, and it remains the Republicans [in the majority] in the House of Representatives, they’re going to impeach him.”
An image of the flier, via Twitter, can be seen below.
— Paul Woolverton (@FO_Woolverton) October 20, 2014
Watch a report on the flier and reaction to it by Hagan below via WNCN.