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A Latino group that supports Democrat Ralph Northam in the Virginia gubernatorial race on Tuesday announced that it had pulled an inflammatory political ad that purports to tie Republican Ed Gillespie to white supremacists.

In the video, a pickup truck is adorned with a Confederate flag, a Gillespie bumper sticker and a “Don’t Tread on Me” license plate. A white man behind the wheel speeds along while trying to run over terrified minority children on the street. The children running from the truck include two Hispanic boys, a black boy and a Muslim girl in a hijab.

The children run into an alley and attempt to climb a fence as the truck charges them, but one of them wakes up to reveal the ordeal to be a nightmare before the vehicle hits them.

The ad also shows adults watching white nationalists march while a narrator asks: “Is this what Donald Trump and Ed Gillespie mean by the American Dream?”

“We knew our ad would ruffle feathers,” Cristobal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Fund, said in a statement on Tuesday. “We held a mirror up to the Republican Party, and they don’t like what they see. We have decided to pull our ad at this time.”

The decision to pull the ad was reportedly made after a terror attack in New York City in which an immigrant from Uzbekistan plowed a truck into a pedestrian bike lane, killing at least eight people, as WND reported.

“Given recent events, we will be placing other powerful ads into rotation that highlight the reasons we need to elect progressive leaders in Virginia,” Alex said in the statement.

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The ad was produced by the Latino Victory Fund, a left-wing political action committee whose stated mission is “growing Latino political power by increasing Latino representation at every level of government – from the school board to the Senate to the White House.”

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Latino Victory Fund has received funds from Priorities USA Action, the Service Employees International Union and billionaire Tom Steyer, who is funding advertisements calling for Trump’s impeachment.

Alex is a veteran of both Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Open Society Foundations, which was founded by George Soros.

“In a desperate attempt to become Virginia’s next governor, Ed Gillespie has eagerly embraced racism and xenophobia,” the Latino Victory Fund claimed on social media Monday morning. “We refuse to stand by as Gillespie slanders our families and portrays our community as thugs, criminals, and gang members.”

 A political ad paid for by the Latino Victory Fund depicts minority children being chased by a pickup truck with a Confederate flag.

A political ad paid for by the Latino Victory Fund depicts minority children being chased by a pickup truck with a Confederate flag.

In a statement to the Washington Free Beacon, Gillespie campaign manager Chris Leavitt ripped the ad as “disgusting” and an “attack on the people of Virginia.”

“Ed Gillespie has focused his campaign on the many policy differences between Ralph Northam and him, but sadly the Northam campaign and its allies have launched a desperate smear campaign against Ed in the closing days of this election,” Leavitt said. “The Lieutenant Governor was roundly rebuked for exploiting imagery from the tragedy of Charlottesville for political points. Now his allies have reached a new low with a disgusting, vile television ad seeking to instill fear in our children with that same imagery.

“This is not an attack on Ed Gillespie anymore,” he added. “This is an all out attack on the people of Virginia. This latest ad gives a clear indication of just what Ralph Northam and his national Democratic allies think of all of us, and it’s sickening.”

In an interview with the Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson, the director of the Center for American Progress defended the ad.

“You’re defending an ad that has a racist driving a truck with an Ed Gillespie sticker on it, trying to murder children?” exclaimed an exasperated Carlson.

Although the ad was not authorized by Northam, his campaign is ignoring calls from Republicans to denounce it.

“Independent groups are denouncing Ed Gillespie because he has run the most divisive, fear mongering campaign in modern history,” Northam Spokesperson Ofirah Yheskel told The Washington Post. “It is not shocking that communities of color are scared of what his Trump-like policy positions mean for them.”

Many pundits suggest the ad will backfire and actually help Gillespie in the final stretch of the campaign, reported Mediaite.

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And despite what the ad implies, Gillespie denounced the Charlottesville protests the day they happened, releasing a statement that read in part:

Having a right to spew vile hate does not make it right. It is painful to see these ugly events in Charlottesville last night and today. These displays have no place in our Commonwealth, and the mentality on display is rejected by the decent, thoughtful and compassionate fellow Virginians I see every day.

In another statement, Gillespie referred to the marchers as “a torch-carrying, shield-bearing white supremacist and neo-Nazi mob” that “essentially invaded Virginia.”

And the GOP nominee has come out strongly against the notorious MS-13 gang, which preys mostly on the immigrant community. Gillespie has promised to ban sanctuary cities in Virginia if elected governor.

Is there anything more important than stopping illegal immigration? Nothing less than the future of America is at stake. Read Ann Coulter’s provocative take in “Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole.”

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