One of U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn's Democratic challengers has just released an ad accusing the North Carolina Republican of appearing to have been "radicalized by extremists," and it's going viral, with more than 300,000 views in about ten hours.
"Like too many young people before him from around the world to right next door, Madison Cawthorn exhibits the signs of a young man who has been radicalized by extremists and is now dangerously radicalizing others," Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, one of four Democrats and seven Republicans running to unseat Congressman Cawthorn, says in her new ad accusing him of "stoking insurrection."
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is a North Carolina county commissioner, ordained minister, and founder and executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality. She announced her run for Congress in March.
Her campaign website says: "Jasmine attended public schools through high school and received her undergraduate degree from Brown University. She holds a Master of Fine Arts and completed her Master of Divinity degree at Harvard Divinity School. She served on the Biden Foundation's Advisory Council for Advancing LGBTQ Equality."
The ad is emblazoned with images of young Nazis in Hitler's Germany, along with neo-Nazis and white supremacists from the Unite the Right "rally" in Charlottesville, VA, along with white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and mass murderer Dylann Roof who slaughtered nine Black bible study group members, and alleged teenaged killer Kyle Rittenhouse who goes on trial in November.
The video says eight months after the January 6 insurrection, Cawthorn "calls these violent insurrectionists 'hostages' and can't let go of the Big Lie."
The ad also features images of Beach-Ferrara with her wife and children, as she says, "as a mom, an ordained minister and a county commissioner, I'm running to defeat Madison Cawthorn, not by confronting hate with more hate, but with love of neighbor, love of community, and love of country. Because violent extremism has no place in western North Carolina. This isn't who we are. We need to be crystal clear about the difference between right and wrong."
Beach-Ferrara calls Cawthorn "a danger to our democracy," and says, "I'm asking for your help, not just to defeat him, but to come together to create the America our kids deserve."