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Florida GOP Group Uses Image Of Dead Ambassador’s Body In Obama Attack Ad

Florida GOP Group Uses Image Of Dead Ambassador’s Body In Obama Attack Ad

By Hayes Brown on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:38 am

A Florida chapter of the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans has published an attack ad against the Obama administration that prominently features a picture of slain Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya last month. Accompanying the picture is the claim that the President refuses to protect gay and gay friendly Americans against “Islamic radicalism.”

Funded by the Broward County Log Cabin Republicans, the ad calls for LGBT voters to support the Republican Party because of its support for Israel. Israel, according to the flyer, is the “one beacon of hope in the Middle East protecting our communities human rights.” The ad further insinuates that President Obama will impose sharia law on the United States in a second term. The full ad as published in the Florida Agenda, an LBGT newspaper (see right photo).

In making its assertions, the ad perpetuates two rumors surrounding the death of Stevens. The first, that the group shown in the picture was proudly dragging his body through the streets, has been roundly debunked. Translated video of the moments captured in the picture shows that the group was taking the Ambassador to the hospital for treatment. The second is that Stevens was himself gay, an unsubstantiated claim that right-wing blogs have seized on to claim that the Obama administration “needlessly enraged the passions of protesters” in the Middle East.

Pro-gay groups from both parties have condemned the ad. The National Stonewall Democrats released the following statement:

[quote]The Log Cabin Republicans of Florida have cravenly disrespected the life and legacy of a United States civil servant with this ad. Put bluntly, they have crossed the line of civil discourse and good taste by including an image of the corpse of slain US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens being carried through the streets of Benghazi, Libya. …

[quote]It is simply unimaginable to me how any political message, let alone the muddy and ludicrous message of this ad, in any way justifies disgracing the memory of a man who gave his life in service to his country. This level of depravity and moral indifference must not be allowed to enter our political discourse.

The Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans also denounced the ad’s contents as “fallacious, simple minded and irresponsible.”

by Anonymousreply 3010/13/2012

This will come back to bite them.

by Anonymousreply 110/12/2012

This is why we hate them.

by Anonymousreply 210/12/2012

Oh, just go back into the closet, you Florida self-loathers.

by Anonymousreply 310/12/2012

[quote]This will come back to bite them.

You've obviously never been to florida, r1. This will get them another 100K votes, not that it matters since they've already counted the "votes" and declared Rmoney the winnter in florida.

by Anonymousreply 410/12/2012

I'd love to be able to use images of dead republicans in ads FOR Obama.

by Anonymousreply 510/12/2012

A picture of the creepy and disgusting Governor Rick Scott should be enough the Obama ads.

by Anonymousreply 610/12/2012

That's just going to boomerang right back against them and on Romney.

It's like when Elizabeth Dole cast aspersions four years ago against Kay Hagan's religiousness and all the undecided voters turned against Dole rather than Hagan.

There are just some smear tactics you can do that are so repulsive to voters that they'll hold it against you rather than the person you're trying to smear.

by Anonymousreply 710/12/2012

Do people understand that the guys in that pic were not attacking him? This is when they were taking him to the hospital. This is how low the GOP has stooped. Even the pictures they're using are to convey a lie.

You notice none of the pictures show them kicking or doing anything violent to him, but rightwingers are trying to claim that.

by Anonymousreply 810/12/2012

Disgusting, I hope it blows up in their faces.

by Anonymousreply 910/12/2012

This ad ran in a gay newspaper. So sad. Newspapers are legally able to refuse to run any ad they feel is offensive. They do NOT have to run every ad and especially every picture someone wants to pay them to run. So, one can only assume they agree with this ad.

by Anonymousreply 1010/12/2012

I think the ad is tremendous!

by Anonymousreply 1210/12/2012

This is disgusting. Couldn't they use something else to point out their problems? Why him?

by Anonymousreply 1310/12/2012

And it was the Republican House committee that reduced embassy security funding. The blame is owned by the Republicans.

by Anonymousreply 1510/12/2012

[quote]And it was the Republican House committee that reduced embassy security funding. The blame is owned by the Republicans.

Because it bears repeating.

by Anonymousreply 1810/12/2012

R16, how many times have you heard the media report about some "terrorist" who was captured or some suspect who was arrested, then you never hear about it again? You just accept that this person was a terrorist and that person was a suspect.

Let the govt take its time.

Americans are such idiots.

by Anonymousreply 1910/12/2012

Man, op's link is quite a disgusting ad. I can't believe that ANY political organization would stoop so low. Republicans continue to lower the bar, every single fucking time.

by Anonymousreply 2010/12/2012

Florida Dems have signed up huge amounts of new voters. The Pubbies are in a panic.

by Anonymousreply 2110/12/2012

And Willard is continuing to use the embassy attacks as an election issue.

by Anonymousreply 2210/12/2012

Still classier than that Christian "Gay Like Me" book.

by Anonymousreply 2410/12/2012

Well, look at it this way: if you're gay and Republican, you already have no self-awareness and no shame.

by Anonymousreply 2510/12/2012

Florida is FULL of gay elderly Jews who still consider the Holocaust to be the defining event of ALL of mankind, period. Since they tend to vote Democratic, this was *obviously* intended towards them. (Also, who under 50 reads *print* newspapers these days?)

by Anonymousreply 2610/13/2012

Joe Biden laughed! He was mean to wittle Paul Ryan!

by Anonymousreply 2710/13/2012

Keeping it klassy, as usual...malicious distortions and mischaracterizations.

Republicant's swirling down the drain.

by Anonymousreply 2810/13/2012

This is how desperate these self loathing gay repugs want to be liked within the GOP. They know republicans are really into this sick gutter politics.

by Anonymousreply 2910/13/2012

This is enough of an example why no gay person who is Republican should ever be trusted.

by Anonymousreply 3010/13/2012
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