GOP PAC ad shows burning image of Ocasio-Cortez … who considers the ad ‘racist’

GOP PAC ad shows burning image of Ocasio-Cortez … who considers the ad ‘racist’
Elizabeth Heng (Image: YouTube screen grab)

If you’ve ever doubted that the term racism has become so diluted from overuse that it has lost all meaning, this should erase any lingering doubts.

Exhibit A is an ad that ran during last night’s Republican base announcing the formation of a new right-wing super PAC called New Faces GOP. The ad is narrated by Elizabeth Heng, a former California Republican candidate for the House of Representatives.

As the ad opens, Heng can be heard saying, “This is the face of socialism. And, ignorance.” As she utters these words, a photo of Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez appears. Suddenly the image bursts into flame, revealing beneath a black-and-white photo of skulls, dissolving into another of the beleaguered victims of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. “Does Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez know the horror of socialism?” Heng asks, before going on to reveal that her father “was minutes from death in Cambodia, before a forced marriage saved his life. That’s socialism.”

The ad concludes with Heng coming out from behind the camera and intoning, “Mine is a face of freedom. My skin is not white, I’m not outrageous, racist, nor socialist. I’m a Republican.”

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The purpose of the ad, including the symbolism of Ocasio-Cortez’s likeness being consumed by flames, is fairly self-evident. This hasn’t prevented liberal media outlets from taking exception with the message and even leaping to Ocasio-Cortez’s defense. Here’s Newsweek:

Ocasio-Cortez’s own version of socialism, modeled after the Scandinavian social democracies (which combine market economies with socialized, state-owned enterprises and worker protections like widespread union membership), includes support for Medicare for All, labor rights, a guaranteed living wage, free public colleges, renewable energy and Wall Street accountability.

One could accuse Newsweek of being disingenuous for omitting the absurd price tag of this brand of socialism, but Ocasio-Cortez for her part was unable to get past the image of herself on fire. And what did she take away from that? This.

She later doubled down, adding this:

So Elizabeth Heng, the voice-over for the ad, is herself a woman of color, but Ocasio-Cortez insists she is a racist who supports the “GOP’s white supremacist case.”

Fascinating.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."