‘Call a crackhead’: John Kennedy throws out the dog whistle, goes full GOP in new racist ad

Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana is a blustery turncoat with a fake Southern drawl and a bent for MAGA conspiracies. He’s also a racist who has no qualms about blowing a dog whistle in politics—even when he’s ahead in the polls. Kennedy recently released a TV campaign ad calling out crime in his state. He blames its “woke leaders,” code for Black or progressive, and criminals he calls “crackhead[s],” also code for Black. “A mom should not have to look over her shoulder when she's pumping gas. I voted against the early release of violent criminals, and I opposed defunding the police. Look, if you hate cops just because they're cops, the next time you get in trouble, call a crackhead.” RELATED STORY: ‘I hate a black f**king Democrat,’ white North Carolina sheriff says before firing Black staff I know the difference between criminals and their innocent victims. pic.twitter.com/RKhHJEefpv— John Neely Kennedy (@JohnKennedyLA) September 30, 2022 Campaign Action Of course, Kennedy isn’t stupid—although he tries to sound as if he is. He knows perfectly well that the term “crackhead,” which came to use during the 1980s crack epidemic and the early War on Drugs, led to the incarceration and vilification of millions of Black Americans, as The Associated Press reported. According to Salon, during an interview on Fox News, Kennedy ticked off a list of ways to decrease crime in his state. He called for more cops on the streets, higher salaries in our “woke environment,” better support by “woke” leaders for law enforcement, and for citizens to “avail themselves of the Second Amendment” and arm themselves. As for adding more police, Kennedy is all in. The number of cops under New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is under 1,000, but it has never been double that—the number Kennedy called for in his Fox interview. Kennedy’s ad is something straight out of the Republican playbook used most famously by President George H. W. Bush. When Bush campaigned in 1988, an ad he ran against his Democratic rival Michael Dukakis meant to convey Dukakis as soft on crime featured convicted murderer Willie Horton.   Bush alleged Dukakis was a politician who supported furloughs for prisoners or weekend pass allowances—specifically, the kind of pass that allowed Horton to kidnap a couple, then stab the man and rape his girlfriend. The ad set the tone for the “tough on crime” era, per The Takeaway. YouTube Video As the midterm elections fast approach, it isn’t just Kennedy who went out to blow the whistle. Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has pulled out all the stops. Running against Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, a Black Democrat, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Johnson ran an ad calling Barnes “different” and “dangerous” and sent out a mailer with a deeply more chocolate-looking Barnes, just to make sure voters got the point. Supporters of Mandela Barnes held a news conference outside of the Republican Party’s Milwaukee office yesterday to accuse the party of airing racist ads against Barnes and darkening his image in a campaign mailer. https://t.co/VWcwc5g4D9— Dan Shafer (@DanRShafer) September 22, 2022 The Inquirer additionally reports that the GOP has additionally jumped in on the Pennsylvania race, implying that John Fetterman’s tattoos, which mark his time as mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, as possibly gang-affiliated. As for the reality of crime in Louisiana, locals in New Orleans claimed the police force has failed to step up. One example took place in late July, when a woman made a call to New Orleans Police as she witnessed a rape in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The Washington Post reports that a woman called 911 and explained that she was seeing a young woman being raped on the street. A New Orleans deputy constable was suspended in August for lack of his lack of response. But the woman alleged that she saw two more New Orleans Police officers drive past the scene, and both failed to assist her. Silas Lee, a Democratic pollster in New Orleans, told NOLA.com that Kennedy “wants people to think he can be the person they can count on to ensure public safety,” but when it comes to maligning the “defund the police” movement, Kennedy fails to understand its meaning entirely. “It actually means funding alternative services such as mental health programs or job training that will reduce crime. [...] The research I’ve done nationwide shows that whites and Blacks support funding the police but want alternative sources.” In a statement sent to NOLA.com from Luke Mixon, one of Kennedy’s Democratic rivals, he says, “We have to address violent crime. [...] We do that by funding our police departments. Sen. Kennedy voted against $350 billion in funding for local police departments. To paraphrase Sen. Kennedy, watch what people do, not just their embarrassing one-liners.”  ​​​​ Democrats can build a blue wave if we get out every voter. Click here to find out all the ways you can help in the l

‘Call a crackhead’: John Kennedy throws out the dog whistle, goes full GOP in new racist ad

Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana is a blustery turncoat with a fake Southern drawl and a bent for MAGA conspiracies. He’s also a racist who has no qualms about blowing a dog whistle in politics—even when he’s ahead in the polls.

Kennedy recently released a TV campaign ad calling out crime in his state. He blames its “woke leaders,” code for Black or progressive, and criminals he calls “crackhead[s],” also code for Black.

“A mom should not have to look over her shoulder when she's pumping gas. I voted against the early release of violent criminals, and I opposed defunding the police. Look, if you hate cops just because they're cops, the next time you get in trouble, call a crackhead.”

RELATED STORY: ‘I hate a black f**king Democrat,’ white North Carolina sheriff says before firing Black staff

I know the difference between criminals and their innocent victims. pic.twitter.com/RKhHJEefpv

— John Neely Kennedy (@JohnKennedyLA) September 30, 2022

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Of course, Kennedy isn’t stupid—although he tries to sound as if he is. He knows perfectly well that the term “crackhead,” which came to use during the 1980s crack epidemic and the early War on Drugs, led to the incarceration and vilification of millions of Black Americans, as The Associated Press reported.

According to Salon, during an interview on Fox News, Kennedy ticked off a list of ways to decrease crime in his state. He called for more cops on the streets, higher salaries in our “woke environment,” better support by “woke” leaders for law enforcement, and for citizens to “avail themselves of the Second Amendment” and arm themselves.

As for adding more police, Kennedy is all in. The number of cops under New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is under 1,000, but it has never been double that—the number Kennedy called for in his Fox interview.

Kennedy’s ad is something straight out of the Republican playbook used most famously by President George H. W. Bush. When Bush campaigned in 1988, an ad he ran against his Democratic rival Michael Dukakis meant to convey Dukakis as soft on crime featured convicted murderer Willie Horton.  

Bush alleged Dukakis was a politician who supported furloughs for prisoners or weekend pass allowances—specifically, the kind of pass that allowed Horton to kidnap a couple, then stab the man and rape his girlfriend. The ad set the tone for the “tough on crime” era, per The Takeaway.

As the midterm elections fast approach, it isn’t just Kennedy who went out to blow the whistle. Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has pulled out all the stops. Running against Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, a Black Democrat, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Johnson ran an ad calling Barnes “different” and “dangerous” and sent out a mailer with a deeply more chocolate-looking Barnes, just to make sure voters got the point.

Supporters of Mandela Barnes held a news conference outside of the Republican Party’s Milwaukee office yesterday to accuse the party of airing racist ads against Barnes and darkening his image in a campaign mailer. https://t.co/VWcwc5g4D9

— Dan Shafer (@DanRShafer) September 22, 2022

The Inquirer additionally reports that the GOP has additionally jumped in on the Pennsylvania race, implying that John Fetterman’s tattoos, which mark his time as mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, as possibly gang-affiliated.

As for the reality of crime in Louisiana, locals in New Orleans claimed the police force has failed to step up. One example took place in late July, when a woman made a call to New Orleans Police as she witnessed a rape in New Orleans’ French Quarter.

The Washington Post reports that a woman called 911 and explained that she was seeing a young woman being raped on the street. A New Orleans deputy constable was suspended in August for lack of his lack of response. But the woman alleged that she saw two more New Orleans Police officers drive past the scene, and both failed to assist her.

Silas Lee, a Democratic pollster in New Orleans, told NOLA.com that Kennedy “wants people to think he can be the person they can count on to ensure public safety,” but when it comes to maligning the “defund the police” movement, Kennedy fails to understand its meaning entirely.

“It actually means funding alternative services such as mental health programs or job training that will reduce crime. [...] The research I’ve done nationwide shows that whites and Blacks support funding the police but want alternative sources.”

In a statement sent to NOLA.com from Luke Mixon, one of Kennedy’s Democratic rivals, he says, “We have to address violent crime. [...] We do that by funding our police departments. Sen. Kennedy voted against $350 billion in funding for local police departments. To paraphrase Sen. Kennedy, watch what people do, not just their embarrassing one-liners.”

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Democrats can build a blue wave if we get out every voter. Click here to find out all the ways you can help in the last days before Election Day.