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Democrat Ralph Northam’s campaign for Virginia governor – which was rocked only a week ago when his supporters released an anti-Republican ad depicting a white Southerner trying to run down children with a truck that had to be pulled after the New York City terrorist attack – just got shakier.

In fact, he’s lost the support of a group called Democracy for America, which decided he’s too racist for them to promote.

The charge comes because Northam recently switched sides on the issue of sanctuary cities, saying there are circumstances in which he would sign a law banning the practice.

Democrats generally have supported sanctuary laws, which protect not only illegal aliens, but criminal illegal aliens in the U.S.

Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com explained Northam’s new dilemma.

“Get ready for a monster-sized popcorn fest. Next week, Virginia voters go to the polls to elect a new governor, an election that Democrats expected to win handily just a few weeks ago. Ralph Northam would ride a big wave in northern Virginia as a rebuke to Donald Trump by painting Republican contender Ed Gillespie as a racist, ensuring an easy win on Tuesday,” he wrote Friday.

Morrissey said that, instead, Northam “finds himself being painted as a racist – by his own ideological allies.”

“Democracy for America, the activist group founded by Howard Dean, announced yesterday that they would refuse to support Northam for his remarks about sanctuary cities, calling them ‘gutless’ and ‘morally debased.’ They also attacked Northam for issuing literature aimed at the more conservative areas outside of NOVA that omitted his African-American running mate.” the report said.

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.”

DFA’s announcement said it no longer would mobilize voters in Virginia to support Northam.

Spokesman Charles Chamberlain’s statement said: “Ralph Northam’s gutless, politically senseless, and morally debased decision yesterday to openly backtrack on his commitment to standing up for immigrant families is a picture-perfect example of why Democracy for America never endorsed him in the primary and focused the entirety of our efforts in Virginia on down-ticket races, like Justin Fairfax’s campaign for lieutenant governor. It’s also why, today, we’re announcing that we will no longer do any work to directly aid Northam’s gubernatorial efforts.”

It was following a recent debate with GOP candidate Ed Gillespie, who is closing on Northam in polling, that Northam said in an interview with WAVY TV in Norfolk that he would sign a bill banning sanctuary cities.

WND reported earlier on the TV ad attacking Gillespie by a Latino group that supports Northam.

In the ad, 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 suddenly wakes up to reveal the ordeal to be a nightmare.

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 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 the 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.

The stated mission of the Latino Victory Fund 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 contributions 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 ignored 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.

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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