GOPer Blunt Shamlessly Uses 9/11 Smoldering Ruins to Demagogue NY Cordoba House (Video)
August 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) just went there. In his zeal to stoke voter’s fears over the prospect of scary radical Muslims building Mosques to recruit terrorists bent on the destruction of America, he used an image of the smoldering ruins of the Twin Towers on 9/11 in a new web ad. The site where thousands of Americans lost their lives, with visible smoke still rising, was used as a backdrop to attack his opponent in the senatorial race, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D), for not opposing the building of the proposed Islamic center in Lower Manhattan. After taking heat for the disgusting ad, with Carnahan demanding Blunt apologize to the 9/11 victims for his heartless political posturing, the ad was taken down. But with the overheated rhetoric over the Cordoba House-Park 51 center whipping up Islamophobia, other politicians in tight races may be tempted to shamelessly invoke the specter of 9/11 to score political points.
Besides being in extremely poor taste, Blunt’s ad doesn’t make any sense. Emblazoned with the message, “Robin Carnahan Won’t Oppose Controversial Ground Zero Mosque,” an audio tape of Carnahan’s reasonable and uncontroversial stance on the Cordoba House-Park 51 center is played.
What are the remarks that Blunt finds so remarkable that he resorted to using them in his shameless attack ad?
“Look, I’m not going to try to tell folks in New York what to do — and I don’t want them trying tell us in Missouri what to do — so in the end, it’s going to have to be their decision,” Carnahan says. “But I think this is a time where we ought to be trying to get people of all faiths to come together, not divide them.”
Imagine that–a politician calls for unity and tolerance and Blunt sees fit to attach her remarks to the smoldering ruins of the aftermath of 9/11.
Carnahan immediately called Blunt on his hackery.
“Congressman Blunt should immediately own up to what he did, take responsibility for it, and apologize to the families of the 9-11 victims, whose tragedy he exploited for his own personal political benefit,” said Carnahan.
Blunt’s office responded to The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent, claiming the ad was posted without Blunt’s knowledge.
“Regarding the audio clip of Robin Carnahan, someone got carried away. It was up overnight and quickly replaced. It did not reflect the right tone and was quickly replaced with an image of Robin Carnahan and Barack Obama. Roy Blunt opposes the Ground Zero mosque and Robin Carnahan has rubberstamped Barack Obama again by refusing to oppose it.”
The new ad uses the same audio of Carnahan’s well-reasoned position on the NY Islamic community center, but it now uses an image of Barack Obama.
Since, a new poll finds that a third of Republicans believe Obama is a secret Muslim and he strongly spoke out in favor of religious freedom, in Blunt’s view an image of Obama is almost as good as the 9/11 ruins.