Election 2024

GOP candidate criticized for shooting Biden, Pelosi look-alikes in Superbowl ad

Senate candidate Jim Lamon
Senate candidate Jim Lamon Photo: Screenshot

A GOP Senate candidate is facing criticism for allegedly promoting violence with a Super Bowl ad that shows him shooting look-alikes of President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ).

The three Democratic elected officials are depicted as masked bandits, with Biden being called “Old Joe” and Pelosi labeled “Crazyface Pelosi” in the ad for Arizona GOP Senate candidate Jim Lamon.

Related: Arizona Dems censure Kyrsten Sinema for failing to protect voting rights & democracy

Lamon plays an old west sheriff who confronts the Democrats. The townsfolk – who are all white even though only 60% of Arizona’s population is non-Hispanic white, according to the U.S. Census Bureau – complain about how they’re “tired of being pushed around… and inflation! And open borders! And gas prices!”

Lamon then shoots at the Democrats, knocking their guns out of their hands.

On Twitter, people were angry that a political candidate would be so nonchalant in portraying gun violence against elected officials.

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