Mike Pape, a republican running to represent Kentucky in the U.S. Congress, released an ad on April 20 that some are calling racist (video below).
In the ad, three men, who are apparently supposed to be Mexicans, are seen cutting a hole in a fence that sports a fake "U.S. Border Do Not Cross" sign, notes ABC News.
The men speak Spanglish, as English subtitles appear on the screen, and wear T-shirts that read: "Stop Trump," "Stop Cruz" and "Stop Pape."
As they break through the flimsy fence, they plot with fake Spanish accents to stop Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (but they don't say how they're going to do this).
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One of the men says they also need to stop Mike Pape, but the other two don't know who the candidate is and mispronounce his last name as "Tape."
"Pape. Mike Pape, the conservative running for Congress who will help Trump build the wall," the fake undocumented immigrant explains.
He adds that Pape will also help Cruz repeal Obamacare (which undocumented immigrants are not eligible for).
At the end of the ad, the men crawl through the hole they cut in the fence.
Pape appears on the screen and says, "I'm Mike Pape and I approve this message because no one will stop me from standing up for you."
"He’s just going to the bottom of the barrel, appealing to people’s worst instincts, using crass stereotypes and, really, appealing to the ignorance that begets fear and ultimately hate," Al Cross, director of the University of Kentucky's Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, told WKMS.
"He’s appealing to people’s basest instincts and he is trying to hook himself to the Trump bandwagon without abandoning Cruz, who is popular in the district," Cross added.
Pape faces three more Republicans in the May 17 primary.
The seat they are running for is held by Republican Rep. Ed Whitfield, whom Pape has worked for.
Whitfield announced he would not run for reelection in 2016 while being investigated by the House Ethics Committee in September 2015, reported The Hill.
Whitfield was accused of improperly using his office to help his wife, Constance, lobby Congress for The Humane Society of the United States.
"Representing the people of the 1st District for 21 years has been an honor," Whitfield said at the time. "While many Americans are frustrated with the institution of Congress, I still believe that politics is a worthy vocation and I know many men and women of character will always be willing to serve."
The House rules do not allow lawmakers' spouses to lobby their offices. Whitfield denied that his wife lobbied for him to introduce animal welfare bills, which he insisted he did on his own.