Christina Hagan is a Republican Congressional candidate in the great state of Ohio. On Thursday, March 15, she tweeted out a campaign ad that showed images of immigrants climbing across a border barrier.
Hagan's voiceover says:
We must stop the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants into this country.
Hagan is clearly making reference to the Mexican-American border, but there's just one problem: the footage she uses isn't of Mexican immigrants climbing onto U.S. soil. The clip first appeared in 2014 as footage of immigrants "crossing from Morocco into territory occupied by Spain on the African mainland."
Here's a longer version of the clip:
Hagan considers herself "anti-establishment, pro-Trump," and follows the President's lead in many ways. In fact, during his Presidential campaign, Trump himself used this same clip, also implying these crowds of people were at the U.S.-Mexican border. Politifact debunked the footage in 2016, but Hagan must have branded that as fake news.
Yes it’s true , it was debunked when Trump used the same clip.— joseph sotelo (@JSM_ARCH) March 16, 2018
Twitter was less than impressed by Hagan's ad:
Who are you running against? So I can donate to them.— Alexander Hamilton (@lexhamilton76) January 12, 2018
Naw, I'm good.— Orange Drink (@OrangeDrink2) March 16, 2018
By the way, that footage of individuals climbing a wall is not from the US - Mexico border. But it is an excellent example of showing how good a wall works.
You know those are Morocco's borders in this video... right? Misrepresentation much?— The Brinkmanns (@BrinkoftheWorld) March 16, 2018
Hagan is currently a state legislator but will be running for the U.S. House seat vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Jim Renacci. Though she comes from a solidly red district, she'll have to win the primary against fellow Republican candidate Anthony Gonzalez, a former footballer, before she can compete in the general election.
Many voters are hoping Gonzalez will come out on top:
Your xenophobic views and willingness to play on people's xenophobia to get votes is disheartening. I sincerely hope that your heart will turn to a more compassionate and empathetic place.— Jenny Gattone (@TheWriteJennyG) January 13, 2018
If elected in November, Hagan plans to bring a Trump-like stance on immigration to Washington. And by "Trump-like," I mean not completely clear and somewhat xenophobic for no apparent reason. On her website, Hagan claims "A nation without laws is not a nation."
Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
It's hard not to agree with such a broad, uncommitted statement. But if voters are paying attention to the loose relationship with the truth Hagan's campaign ads already demonstrate, perhaps we won't have to.