Michigan GOP Senate ad features a swastika for some reason

click to enlarge A swastika appears on the school bulletin board in John James' campaign ad. - Screengrab
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A swastika appears on the school bulletin board in John James' campaign ad.

John James — the Republican running against Democrat Debbie Stabenow for Michigan's Senate seat in November — released a 30-second TV spot earlier this month. Titled "Ready to Serve," it features shots of blighted buildings, embattled military vets, failing schools — and, for some reason, a prominent shot of a Nazi swastika in the foreground.
The swastika appears tacked to a hallway bulletin board as James' narration says the words "failing schools." We suppose it could be part of some sort of school project about World War II. Then again, many Republicans have been increasingly and openly cozying up to so called "alt-right" white nationalists and Neo-Nazis in Trump's America.

On the campaign trail, James' rhetoric can often sound like he's advocating for the totalitarian dystopia of Handmaid's Tale. Previously, James made headlines for misogynistic comments, saying that women want Christian men to lead them and mocking the #MeToo movement.

The swastika appears at the 0:11 mark in the video below. (Hat-tip to Eclectablog.)


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