NC Democratic Congressional Candidate Bizarrely Equates Being Called a "Clown" to a White Supremacist Slur

Screen grab from the "Clowns" ad via North Carolina Congressional District 9 Republican candidate Dan Bishop's You Tube page.

Dan Bishop's "Clown" ad

Screen grab from the “Clowns” ad via North Carolina 9th Congressional District Republican candidate Dan Bishop’s You Tube page.

It seems like just about every week we are learning from Democrats about new words Republicans are not allowed to use because they are either triggering to liberals or allegedly are tools of various hate groups and what not.


This week has been no exception.

Dan Bishop, who is the Republican candidate in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District race, released an ad over the weekend called “Clowns” in which his Democratic opponent Dan McCready and some of the more liberal members of Congress – including The Squad – are portrayed as clowns:

“They hate President Trump more than they love America,” the narrator says in the 30-second spot as the video pans first to Pelosi and then Ocasio-Cortez.

The video also shows AOC and fellow squad member Omar while the narrator says the Democrats are pushing for “open borders and sanctuary cities.”

The ad then slams the Democrats for pushing “taxpayer-funded health care for illegal immigrants” while showing the clown faces of Sanders and Tlaib.

“They’re not funny. They’re downright scary. I’ll go to Congress and fight these clowns for you ….. it’s time to take the air out of these clowns,” says Bishop, who also appears in the ad.

Watch the ad below:

Bishop, who is a North Carolina state senator, ran a similar ad in the primary earlier this year featuring the same cast of Congressional Democrats.

The Daily Kos being the fever swamp that it is reacted to the ad by suggesting being called a “clown” was a tool of white supremacy, which likely was new news to every single person who read the article:

But it’s not just a particularly lame joke. It turns out there’s a disturbing genesis. Jared Holt, one of the tireless folks at Right Wing Watch, reported in April that white supremacists have begun adopting a version of the infamous far-right “Pepe the Frog” meme decked out in clown garb that they call “Honkler,” to symbolize “their exasperation over an imagined state of collapse in the Western hemisphere that they largely blame on immigrants and minority groups.”

The Forward’s Aiden Pink explained further, “While some users depict themselves as clowns who are ‘in’ on the ‘joke’ of the alleged downfall of white society in a multiracial country, others have targeted their supposed enemies by depicting them as clowns.”


Unhinged staff writer David Nir concluded by saying that Bishop was still complicit in the rise of white supremacy even if he didn’t know about this alleged “clown” trend among white supremacist groups:

Whether or not Bishop understands the significance of his “clown” slurs, the propagation of this meme from the cesspools of the internet directly to the highest levels of Republican power shows just how in thrall to the far-right today’s GOP is.

McCready, a Marine and Iraq war veteran, tweeted out a link to the article, stating “My God, we are better than this”:

Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t him retweeting out that nonsense kinda sorta prove that McCready indeed is a bit of a clown?

Think about it. How many times have Democrats called Republicans clowns in the past? Mary at Legal Insurrection documented numerous instances as did Alex Griswold at the Free Beacon. Were those Democrats tools of the white supremacy?

Bishop himself reacted to McCready’s tweet by continuing to use the word, and warning Ronald McDonald to be very careful:



The special election to fill the vacant Congressional seat will be held on September 10th. For background on why the special election was called, click here.

— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –



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