A new ad touting Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s opposition to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran features a photoshopped image of President Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, as well as a still from a propaganda video produced by ISIS.
The ad’s background images include a shot from an ISIS-produced video, footage of a smoldering World Trade Center, and an image of the president shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Obama and Rouhani have never met, however. The photograph was created from a image of Obama meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan in 2011.
On a local radio show, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) made a passing reference to liberals’ indifference to “those idiot inner city kids.”
He was talking about the issue of school choice, and what he and other Republicans view as the hypocrisy of President Obama and other Democrats sending their children to the best private schools while not wanting other families to have the same opportunity.
“It’s unbelievable to me that liberals, that President Obama, of course he sends his children to private school, as did Al Gore, and Bill Clinton and every other celebrated liberal,” Johnson said Monday on 1310 WIBA–Milwaukee. “They just don’t want to let those idiot inner city kids that they purport to be so supportive of…they don’t want to give them the same opportunity their own kids have. It’s disgraceful.”
We asked Johnson’s office what he meant, and at first they thought we must have misheard him. We didn’t. Then we heard from the senator himself. (He stepped away from the Iran nuclear deal hearing where he had just schooled Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, an MIT nuclear physicist, on electromagnetic pulse weapons.)
We asked him if he really believes liberals view inner city children as “idiots.”
“It wasn’t the best word,” he said.