Gary Chambers, a U.S. Senate candidate in Louisiana who went viral last month for smoking a blunt in a campaign ad, burned a Confederate flag while decrying restrictive voting laws in his latest video released on Wednesday.
In a one-minute video titled “Scars and Bars,” Chambers is seen wearing a camo jacket as he pins a Confederate flag on a clothesline and ignites it with a lighter — right after he cites the famous Declaration of Independence line “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
As the flag burns, the Louisiana Democrat argues that inequality lingers and “remnants of the Confederacy remain” in the South. The candidate mentions gerrymandered districts and restrictive voting laws as “byproducts” of the Confederacy.
“The attacks against Black people, our right to vote and participate in this democracy, are methodical,” he said. “Our system isn’t broken. It’s designed to do exactly what it’s doing, which is producing measurable inequity.”
According to the Brennan Center, 19 states passed 34 restrictive voting laws in response to a conservative push to tighten up elections following former President Trump‘s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Brad Dress