The reelection campaign of Georgia Sen. David Perdue (R) is being accused of blatant anti-Semitism after posting a digital ad that showed a manipulated image of his Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff, who is Jewish, HuffPost reports:
“The Forward, the Jewish newspaper, first reported on the edited nature of the image Monday, citing three graphic designers who confirmed its alteration.
“The donation-soliciting post further accused ‘the radical left’ Democrats of ‘trying to buy Georgia’ and featured a picture of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is also Jewish.”
Ossoff said the edited version of the photo Perdue used in the ad was from 2017 and slammed it as “the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history.”
After getting caught, Perdue’s campaign tried to blame the ad on the company that designed it, asserting that “in the graphic design process handled by an outside vendor, the photo was resized and a filter was applied, which appears to have caused an unintentional error that distorted the image.
“Obviously, this was accidental, but to ensure there is absolutely no confusion, we have immediately removed the image from Facebook.”
But Ossoff said he didn’t believe a word Perdue or his campaign had to say about the ad:
Sitting U.S. Senator David Perdue’s digital attack ad distorted my face to enlarge and extend my nose.
This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history.
Senator, literally no one believes your excuses.https://t.co/PiA7P4O4M2
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) July 28, 2020
Jewish advocacy group the Arc also slammed the ad as “blatant antisemitism.” “It’s not an accident. It’s their platform.”
Senator David Perdue just ran an attack ad that artificially enlarged the nose of his Jewish opponent, Jon @Ossoff.
The ad claims that “Democrats are trying to buy Georgia.”
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) July 28, 2020
The ad was aimed at people over 65 in Georgia and Texas. It’s part of a larger Facebook ad campaign the Perdue camp is running. So far, Perdue’s campaign has more than $150,000 on digital ads in a race that is expected to be incredibly close and could go a long way in determining control of the U.S. Senate.
Ossoff is in self-quarantine after learning that his wife Dr. Alisha Kramer, a doctor at Emory University Hospital, tested positive for COVID-19. She is expected to make a full recovery.
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