Kentucky Democratic candidate Charles Booker sported a noose in his latest campaign ad while criticizing his Republican opponent Rand Paul for blocking a bill making lynching a federal hate crime.
“In Kentucky, like many states throughout the South, lynching was a tool of terror. It was used to kill hopes for freedom. It was used to kill my ancestors,” Booker, the former Kentucky lawmaker, says in a suit jacket, button-down shirt and tie, a noose around his neck. “Now, in a historic victory for our commonwealth, I have become the first Black Kentuckian to receive the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.”