Warning: Going to the mailbox this election season can cause whiplash.
I did a double take when I grabbed a flier this week touting the candidacy of Ruben Kihuen for the 4th Congressional District. No, it was actually “targeting” the candidacy of incumbent Cresent Hardy more than anything else.
I nominate the flier for the most mendacious political ad of the year. It connects dots that aren’t even in the same galaxy. Above and below a police mugshot of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy are the words: “This man’s armed standoff led to the deaths of two Las Vegas police officers and he’s supported by Congressman Hardy.”
On the obverse side the flier makes the unmitigated claim: “Bundy led an armed standoff with police and, when it was over, two of Bundy’s supporters assassinated two Las Vegas police officers.”
The flier attempts to connect the ambush slaying of two Las Vegas police officers two months after the standoff by a couple of leftist, anti-authoritarian lunatics who showed up at the Bundy ranch standoff with BLM agents but were told by the Bundys to leave because of their “very radical” views.
The couple also showed up at a left-leaning march in Lafayette, Ind., the previous November, according to a CBS affiliate in Chicago.
While living in Lafayette, Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda took part in the “Million Mask March,” a gathering of protesters from the Occupy movement, anarchists, and hacktivists, the television station reported.
Linking the lunatic Millers with Hardy and/or Bundy is stretching rhetoric beyond the breaking point.
The flier even claims Hardy “stood by” Bundy after he made comments that were labeled as racist, when in fact the very article cited in the fine print as supporting this claim states that Hardy disavowed those remarks.
It was paid for by the Nevada State Democratic Party.