Florida Republican Candidate Runs Ad Against “Obama’s Mosque”
The debate over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” has started showing up in political campaigns:
GOP candidate Rick Scott is running for Governor of Florida and he has a very solid shot of winning the nomination.
Now Scott has decided to weigh in on the local New York City issue regarding the Islamic Center near Ground Zero in a new campaign ad. Name of the ad? “Obama’s Mosque.”
“It’s about truth,” says Scott in the ad. “The truth – Muslim fanatics murdered thousands of innocent Americans on 9/11 just yards from the proposed mosque.” (“Just yards” is a new one.)
It closes addressing Pres. Barack Obama directly: “Mr. President, Ground Zero is the wrong place for a mosque.”
Here’s the video:
The amount of logical and factual error here is rather extraordinary, but what’s perhaps most outrageous is the title of the ad “Obama’s Mosque.” It’s one thing to call this proposed community center on the site of a former Burlington Coat Factory the “Ground Zero Mosque,” that is incorrect but at least geographically somewhat accurate. Referring to it, even obliquely, as “Obama’s Mosque” strikes me as way over the top and a none-too-subtle hint at the “Obama is a Muslim” myth that I wrote about yesterday. Scott himself never uses the phrase “Obama’s Mosque,” of course, and it’s unlikely that anyone who seeks this ad on the air in Florida will realize what the title of the ad actually is unless they hear the news reports. Nonetheless, this one strikes me a way beyond the pale.