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Tom Steyer Mother's Day Ad: All Young Republicans Are Charlottesville White Nationalists

YouTube screenshot of men marching with tiki torches from a NextGen America ad attacking all Republicans as Charlottesville white nationalists.

NextGen America, the brainchild of billionaire leftist donor Tom Steyer, launched a Mother’s Day ad against Republicans, warning mothers against the party as if it were a hateful, destructive pathology preying upon their children.

At the climax of the ad, a distressed mother refers to the white nationalist rioters in Charlottesville, Va., last year as her son’s “college buddies.”

“I started noticing some issues with him, maybe in middle school,” the mother begins. “The stealing started out small, a few dollars here and there. Not from me, oddly enough, but from less fortunate kids.”

“He was never afraid to talk with girls, but things never really worked out for some reason,” the mother continues, while the video shows a picture of her son carrying a “Baby Killer” sign against abortion.

The mother recalls, “I worried when he want to college, but he came home often. I guess he never really learned how to do his own laundry.” At that point, the video displays a laundry basket with a prominent “Trump” t-shirt.

Then comes the last straw: “It wasn’t until I met his college buddies that I realized it might be too late,” the mother says, with a photo of her son marching with a tiki torch in a scene clearly evocative of the Charlottesville riots.

“Only a mother can catch the signs early. This Mother’s Day, talk to your child about the GOP,” the mom in the ad concludes. “I wish I had.”

This offensive ad portrays the Republican Party as a gateway drug to white nationalism. If only the mother would have told her son “about the GOP” early, she could have prevented him being taken over by a hateful ideology.

Needless to say, Republicans are not all hateful, stealing, aggressive racists. The NextGen ad associates Republicans with theft from the weak, aggressive pro-life activism that alienates men from women, lazy young men who can’t bother to do their own laundry, and of course racism.

On the contrary, tax cuts like President Donald Trump signed into law last year actually lead to more widespread wealth, and do not represent theft from the less fortunate. Indeed, the principle of free markets and private property have enabled the historic rise from poverty across the world in the last 200 years.

Similarly, many pro-life activists are — surprise surprise! — women, and young women at that. While aggressive language such as calling a post-abortive woman a “baby killer” would alienate people from one another, most pro-life activists avoid this kind of blatant attack.

Finally, many Republicans have rightly condemned the white nationalism displayed last year in Charlottesville. Even so, Democrats used the riots to tar Virginia governor candidate Ed Gillespie, even though Gillespie immediately condemned the Charlottesville riots.

Steyer’s Mother’s Day ad suggests that Democrats will continue to attack Republicans as Charlottesville-style white nationalists, no matter how false that attack is. Such attacks are disgusting, and Steyer should feel ashamed of himself.