The Facebook ad, showing Ossoff next to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, said, “Democrats are trying to buy Georgia!”
The Ossoff campaign noted that both he and Schumer are Jewish.
“Sitting U.S. Senator David Perdue’s digital attack ad distorted my face to enlarge and extend my nose. I’m Jewish. This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history,” said Ossoff.
The Perdue campaign deleted the ad following a report by the Jewish publication The Forward. A Perdue campaign spokeswoman said the size of Ossoff’s nose in the ad was an “unintentional error” caused by an “outside vendor” who applied a filter that “distorted the image.”
“Obviously, this was accidental, but to ensure there is absolutely no confusion, we have immediately removed the image from Facebook,” said the Perdue campaign spokeswoman. “Anybody who implies that this was anything other than an inadvertent error is intentionally misrepresenting Senator Perdue’s strong and consistent record of standing firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.”
The Perdue campaign also noted that the senator co-sponsored a resolution last year “condemning all forms of anti-Semitism.”
Dylan Williams, a top official at the left-leaning advocacy group J Street, asked in a tweet, “How much more right-wing hate must we endure?
Ossoff himself called on Perdue to apologize. “Senator, literally no one believes your excuses,” Ossoff said. “You can start with an unqualified apology to Georgia’s Jewish community.”