A Black Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona has triggered a social media sensation with an ad in which he fights off the Ku Klux Klan with an AR-15.
Former NFL running back Jerone Davison released a 30-second ad Wednesday entitled “Make Rifles Great Again” that shows him preparing to confront a dozen Klansmen in white hoods as they attack his home.
“Democrats like to say that no one needs an AR-15 for self-defense,” says Mr. Davison in the ad. “That no one could possibly need all 30 rounds. But when this rifle is the only thing standing between your family and a dozen angry Democrats in Klan hoods, you just might need that semi-automatic. And all 30 rounds.”
The ad immediately took off, garnering more than 2.6 million views on Twitter and boosting the profile of Mr. Davison, who’s running for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Rep. Greg Stanton in Arizona’s newly drawn Fourth Congressional District.
The Mississippi-born Davison, 51, attended Arizona State University as a football recruit. He played a season for the Oakland Raiders, now the Las Vegas Raiders, then moved on to become a pastor, author and public speaker, according to his campaign bio.