In Indiana, the race to replace Democrat Joe Donnelly in the United States Senate is underway. Donnelly’s future in the Senate is shaky, to say the least. Donald Trump won Indiana by nearly 20 points, and if you don’t believe he’s still extremely popular in the Hoosier state all you had to do was tune into the Indiana Republican Senate debate this past Tuesday.
The three Republicans seeking the nomination – U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, U.S. Rep. Luke Messer and businessman and former Indiana state senator Mike Braun – all tried to tie themselves to Pres. Trump. Several times throughout the debate, all three of the candidates said they were the best person for the job because they will support Trump’s stance on this issue and on this issue, on that issue.
Thanks in large part to Pres. Trump, immigration has become a hot-button issue. Also, in Indiana, immigration has also taken on an added significance. Several weeks ago, a drunk driver hit and killed two people, one of which was a Colts player. Come to find out the driver in the fatal crash was an illegal immigrant, who had been deported twice and had several driving violations.
With that being said, Braun recently released an ad mentioning this particular case, using pictures of both deceased individuals.
The widow of one of the men said stated her outrage over the ad and said she wants her husband’s photo removed from the ad.
And to be honest, can you really blame her? Regardless of political opinion, why would anyone want a painful memory, that is still fresh and raw brought in order to score political points.
Yes, something needs to be done on the immigration, a lot of things. However, the point the Braun campaign was hoping to make about our immigration system could’ve been made without doing this. Put yourself, in the widow’s shoes for a second, you would’ve reacted the same way.
The ad was in poor taste. Immigration is an issue, yes but this ad was probably not the best way to go about it.