GOP congressional candidate Jerone Davison brandished an AR-15 in a new campaign ad where he wards off "a dozen angry Democrats in Klan hoods."
"Davison, a former NFL player and pastor, is one of five Republicans running for the GOP nomination in Arizona's 4th Congressional District, which includes parts of Tempe, Mesa and Chandler," The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday. "He posted the 24-second clip with the caption 'Make Rifles Great Again,' with an emoji of a bicep curl, which is often used to indicate strength."
In the ad, the Ku Klux Klan is armed with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, a hammer, a hatchet, and a 4-tine garden cultivator.
Davison received harsh criticism online.
\u201c@Jerone4Congress Wait...you're a Republican and you're trying to say WE'RE the KKK risk. Rotflmao.\u201d— Jerone Davison for Congress #AZCD4 (@Jerone Davison for Congress #AZCD4) 1657120379
Not everyone was critical of the ad, self-described "Anarcho-Nihilist" Justin O'Donnell praised Trump for his role in inspiring the bit.
"Donald Trump's presidency normalized hyperbole and absurdity in political advertising. And that alone may stand as his greatest contribution to the world," he wrote.
But much of the commentary was harsh.
"What in God's name is wrong with these people?" wondered bestselling author Jeff Pearlman.
He asked Davison, "have you not seen what's going down with guns? With innocents getting slaughtered?"
"Is it JUST about being loud and toxic and attention-seeking on social media? Is that what this is? F*cking shameful," he wrote.
"Once upon a time, [Davison] used his faith for good. He saw people hurting, and aspired to help. Then, over the past decade, he became infected. His faith turned violent. Prayer morphed into threats. Machismo trumped humility. Like so many others. Honestly breaks my heart," he added.
\u201cOnce upon a time, @Jerone4Congress used his faith for good. He saw people hurting, and aspired to help. Then, over the past decade, he became infected. His faith turned violent. Prayer morphed into threats. Machismo trumped humility. Like so many others. Honestly breaks my heart.\u201d— Jeff Pearlman (@Jeff Pearlman) 1657145455
\u201cBy their ads, Eric Greitens is running for Senate with an assault gun to kill \u201cRHINO\u201d Republicans; Jerone Davidson is running for Congress with an AR15 to kill \u201cDemocrats in Klan hoods.\u201d\n\nThe rest of us\u2753\n\nWe\u2019re just running to AVOID getting killed. SMDH \n\u201d— Rev. & Prof. Cornell William Brooks (@Rev. & Prof. Cornell William Brooks) 1657151513
\u201cOnly in Arizona..... "When this rifle is the only thing standing between your family and a dozen angry Democrats in Klan hoods, you just might need that semi-automatic. And all 30 rounds."\u201d— Laurie Roberts (@Laurie Roberts) 1657145356
\u201c\u201cA dozen angry Democrats in klan hoods.\u201d\n\nYou can\u2019t even make this stuff up anymore.\n\nThe gaslighting, lies, projection, and ignorance are off the charts.\n\nJerone Davison is insane.\n\nArizona is a beautiful, magical state, but wtaf is going on out there?\n\n\u201d— The USA Singers (@The USA Singers) 1657141011
\u201cThis is sickening. Arizona Republican (of course) congressional candidate Jerone Davison releases campaign ad using his AR-15 to threaten killing \u201cangry Democrats in Klan hoods\u201d who are lurking outside his home for some reason.\u201d— Mike Sington (@Mike Sington) 1657148582
\u201cWeird that Republicans know where to get Klan hoods. Hmmm.\u201d— Martha Brockenbrough FRANK AND THE BAD SURPRISE (@Martha Brockenbrough FRANK AND THE BAD SURPRISE) 1657144348
The best part is he had to say "democrats in Klan hoods" because he knows his base (republicans) would be offended by a less specific description.
— Rod (@rodimusprime) July 6, 2022