Antonio Delgado, a Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law School graduate who is running for Congress as a Democrat in New York’s 19th congressional district, is being portrayed as a street thug in a new National Republican Congressional Committee ad that highlights a rap album he recorded more than a decade ago.
Although the GOP has been using Delgado’s old rap album — which he recorded under the name “A.D. the Voice” back in 2006 — against him for months, the party’s latest ad is stepping things up a notch by showing a photo of Delgado in a hoodie to make him look like he’s a drug dealer.
The new ad also contrasts the optimistic message that the 41-year-old Delgado is running on with some obscene lyrics that he wrote when he was in his late 20s, before he abandoned his musical ambitions to pursue a career as an attorney.
Included among the “offensive” lyrics used in the ad are Delgado rapping, “God bless Iraq” and “Criticize, it’s what a patriot does.”
Gerald Benjamin, a longtime political science professor at State University of New York, told the New York Times earlier this year that attacking Delgado with his 12-year-old rap album was smart politics.
“People like us, people in rural New York, we are not people who respond to this part of American culture,” he said.
Watch the new GOP ad below.
Putin aims a weaponized barb at Trump over Saudi attack – and hits the mark
Russian President Vladimir Putin joked this week about selling defense systems to Riyadh following weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities. The gag was aimed at US President Donald Trump and it hit the mark with the precision of a guided weapon.
It was a masterful piece of trolling by the czar of trolls – a snide, disparaging jibe with an element of truth twisted into absurdity for maximum effect and laughs. At a joint press conference with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Ankara on Monday, Putin cast his bait into the volatile Persian Gulf region just days after devastating attacks on Saudi oil facilities exposed the limits of the Gulf kingdom’s expensive defense systems.
Black carbon from air pollution found in placentas: study
Black carbon particles typically emitted by vehicle exhaust and coal-fired power plants have been detected on the foetus-facing side of placentas, researchers said Tuesday.
The concentration of particles was highest in the placentas of women most exposed to airborn pollutants in their daily life, according to a study in Nature Communications.
"Our study provides compelling evidence for the presence of black carbon particles originating from air pollution in human placenta," the authors said.
The findings, they added, offer a "plausible explanation for the detrimental health effects of pollution from early life onwards."
‘You’re a witness — act like it’: Congresswoman owns Lewandowski when he tries to filibuster
Corey Lewandowski had a difficult time debating Democrats who treated him like a hostile witness in a Congressional hearing Tuesday. When he tried to go off on a tangent and complaint, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) wasn't having it.
"We’re seeing a pattern of the president doing anything and everything to hide his misconduct from Congress and from the American people," she said. "The president tried to get you to deliver a secret message to the attorney general, all in an attempt to prevent the special counsel from exposing the president’s own misconduct. As soon as the special counsel published his report and the president’s misconduct was exposed, the president tried to cover that up, too. Isn’t it true that the president has repeatedly tried to discredit you and other witnesses’ testimony to the special counsel in the published report?"