- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2018

A Democrat running for local office in Spencer County, Kentucky, is being denounced by his own party for an ad depicting the lynching of four black bodies.

Bobby Smith, who is running for Spencer County judge-executive against Republican incumbent John Riley, this week took an ad out of the Spencer Magnet, a local weekly, that showed four bodies hanging from a tree limb and the words, “Good Ol’ Boy System,” the Louisville Courier Journal first reported.

“Some hard choices need to be made to make Spencer County great again. I will make those choices,” the ad said. “Can we work together to improve Spencer County? The power of the people matters! Vote Bobby Smith for country judge/executive.”

The Kentucky Democratic Party denounced the message in a tweet Thursday morning, demanding that Mr. Smith apologize.

Mr. Smith told the Courier Journal that the bodies weren’t meant to represent actual people but rather the system he wants to put to an end.

“If people want to make an issue out of it that’s OK with me,” he said. “If the Democrats want to make an issue out of it, I’ll apologize to anybody who is offended, but they need to apologize to me for being crooked.”

“I don’t have any racial tendencies — none,” he added. “That [ad] doesn’t have anything about race in it and somebody is making up s–. I’ll apologize, but if the Democratic Party don’t like it that’s their problem, but I’ll apologize.”

Mr. Smith insisted he isn’t racist, citing his friendship with former Louisville Fire Chief Larry Bonnafon, who is black, and the fact that he has pictures of black people hanging up in his home, the Courier Journal reported.

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