John Eck said that electronic billboard ads at the Eck Insurance Agency weren’t intended to be insulting. But how would they not be? The ads said “Vote American, vote Pompeo” and “Real Americans vote for Pompeo.” The campaign of GOP 4th Congressional District candidate Mike Pompeo said it had nothing to do with the ads and didn’t even know about them. Even if the ads weren’t intended to imply that Democrat Raj Goyle is somehow not American because he is of Indian-American descent, they were still offensive. The ads fit with a message promoted by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and others that people you disagree with politically aren’t patriotic or “real Americans.”
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