A Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate from Maryland employed a bold advertisement in the Washington Post.
“Yes, I am a socialist, and you might be one too, listen to your body,” said the ad bought by Jerome M. Segal.
After that, it gets strange. Research analyst Anna Massoglia first posted photos of the ad to her Twitter account:
“Did you ever stare at a picture of a naked child?” the ad begins. “Full frontal? And did it stick in your mind? Did it bring about emotions, ones that might have surprised you? Like that cover of Newsweek with the naked, crying Vietnamese girl, desperately following in a line of desperate Vietnamese, not having a clue what was happening to their country, or why?”
Perhaps the intro is meant for shock value – to capture the attention of the reader. But the ad gets weirder.
“Did you ever watch a video of a three-way, between two men, one white and one black, and a big dog?” it continues. “One a big fellow another kind (sic) slender? And did you feel strange emotions? Does it come readily back to your mind? Like that video of the sheriff’s deputy in Selma, with his German Shepherd, assaulting freedom fighters from SNCC?”
So far, the ad contains references to child pornography and bestiality, and we have officially entered bizarro world.
But perhaps the scariest part is the anti-capitalist propaganda that follows.
The rest of the ad is a rambling, semi-coherent rant about what socialism and capitalism are, and some of the virtues of each.
“Capitalism is not the same as free markets,” Segal’s ad says, before lavishing praise on the quality of Soviet tanks during WWII. (Stalin’s communism killed 60 million, but they had great military equipment!)
“My name is Jerome Segal. I’m a socialist and proud. I’m happy to be part of the LBGTQ&S community, and you should fess up, and be proud as well,” the ad finishes.
According to the FEC documents that Massoglia provided, Segal paid nearly $25,000 for the ad.
Segal will likely lose to incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with six other Democrat candidates on the primary ballot on June 26.
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