Al Gross, the insurgent challenger in Alaska’s Senate race, says an ad attacking him just days before votes are tallied “has disgusting anti-Semitic tropes.”
The digital ad for Sen. Dan Sullivan, the incumbent Republican, shows Gross holding fanned-out cash, with a pile of money in front of him, evoking the age-old stereotype of Jews as money-grubbing. The face of Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Jewish Senate minority leader, is visible in the background.
“Lower 48 liberals are flooding Alaska with millions,” the ad says, in an allusion to the unprecedented sums that Democrats nationwide have donated to Gross’ campaign as part of a national push to flip the Senate away from a Republican majority. Polls have shown Gross and Sullivan essentially neck and neck for months.
The ad was also criticized by Israeli Opposition Leader Yair Lapid.
“As Israel’s Leader of the Opposition and the son of a Holocaust survivor I have to express my anger at this antisemitic advert against the Jewish candidate for Senate in Alaska, Dr. Al Gross,” Lapid, who heads the Yesh Atid party, wrote on Twitter.
He added: “It is a disgrace and a stain on the American democracy we all admire so much.”
There was no immediate response from Sullivan.
The GOP tried to pull this shit on Jon Ossoff (D. GA) in Georgia and now they are trying to do this to Dr. Gross. Let’s pull off a huge upset victory on Tuesday.
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