He’s got a nose for bigotry.
A Republican senator from Georgia ran a campaign ad on Facebook that made his Jewish opponent’s nose bigger.
Sen. David Perdue’s campaign removed the ad after Jewish news outlet Forward began reporting on the artificial enlargement of Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff’s nose.
The ad showed Ossoff and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is also Jewish, and was captioned, “Democrats are trying to buy Georgia!” Despite the anti-Semitic dogwhistle, Schumer’s nose was unchanged.
A spokeswoman for Perdue’s campaign blamed the nose enlargement on a third-party vendor that supposedly distorted the image through a filter, CNN reported.
Three graphic design experts told Forward that Ossoff’s nose was the only part of his face that had been altered, while his other proportions remained the same.
“This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history,” Ossoff wrote in a tweet. “Senator, literally no one believes your excuses.”
The Facebook ad had between 3,000 and 4,000 impressions before it was deleted, according to Forward.
Ossoff called on Perdue to donate any money raised from the ad to “groups that promote community healing and community unity and tolerance,” Politico reported.
Perdue, whose cousin Sonny is U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, began his Senate term in 2015. Recent polls suggest he has a slight lead on Ossoff in his race for reelection this year.
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