Cliven Bundy Stars in the Most Bizarre Campaign Ad of the 2014 Election Cycle

Cliven Bundy Stars in the Most Bizarre Campaign Ad of the 2014 Election Cycle
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Source: Getty Images

If you're running for public office, you might come to the conclusion it's not such a hot idea to have the guy who proclaimed blacks were better off under slavery record a campaign ad with you.

But you're not Independent American Party congressional candidate Kamau Bakari, who recently recorded this bizarre TV spot starring known racist and militia-loving rancher Cliven Bundy as part of his long-shot campaign against Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.).

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The whole ad is super uncomfortable, especially because Bakari is black — and it appears to be as much a half-assed attempt on Bundy's part to absolve his name of associations with racism as it is an actual campaign ad. But it's mostly about how black people are whiners victimizing poor white folk with constant "begging" and charges of racism.

"I know that black folks have had a hard time with, uh, slavery," Bundy says. "And, you know, the government was in on it ... A man oughta be able to express himself without being called names."

"I hear ya Cliven, and I believe you. A brave white man like you might be just what we need to put an end to this political correctness stuff in American today," Bakari says. Later he adds "I feel shame when I see black folks whining about white folks this, white folks that, always begging."

"It's almost like black folks think white folks owe them something," Bundy responded.

Both men invited Attorney General Eric Holder to debate on race with them in Nevada, noting he took the time to visit Ferguson, Mo., after community members protested the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer.

Bundy has been a member of the Independent American Party since May, when prominent Republicans figures rejected his membership after comments on slavery.

As Media Matters notes, the Independent American Party is best-known for late Alabama Gov. George Wallace's pro-segregation 1968 campaign. Former Wallace staffer Tom Turnipseed explained to PBS that "race and being opposed to the civil rights movement and all it meant was the very heart and soul of the Wallace campaign." On their Facebook page, the party charmingly describes Child Protective Services agents as "hellish demons," bemoans the "dark forces" of public education and rants about "illegals." 

It sounds like Bundy will be very welcome there.

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Tom McKay

Tom is a staff writer at Mic, covering national politics, media, policing and the war on drugs. He is based in New York and can be reached at tmckay@mic.com.

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