ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- A political Facebook ad for Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue's campaign has been pulled after sparking controversy and charges of antisemitism.
At the helm of the controversial ad is a photo of Perdue's Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff with what appears to be an exaggerated nose. In an investigation lead by The Forward, a media outlet geared toward a Jewish audience, it was determined that Ossoff's nose was both “lengthened and widened.”
Perdue's campaign team says the ad was designed by a third-party vendor and that any distortion of the image was unintentional. The campaign team added that incumbent Perdue has a strong record of standing against antisemitism and all forms of hate.
"In light of an unfortunate and inadvertent error involving one of our Facebook advertisements produced and placed by an outside vendor, our campaign will be making a change to a new digital fundraising company. Senator Perdue did not know about nor see the ad before it ran, and he is committed to ensuring future mistakes of this kind do not occur," said Perdue campaign manager Ben Fry in a statement released to CBS46.
On Monday, Ossoff addressed the offensive photo seen in the ad by tweeting, "I'm Jewish. This is the oldest, most obvious, least original antisemitic trope in history. Senator, literally no one believes your excuses."
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.Senator, literally no one believes your excuses.https://t.co/PiA7P4O4M2— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) July 28, 2020
Results of the investigation further claim, "The ad ties Ossoff together with Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-Ny.), who is also Jewish, and accuses the duo of trying to 'buy Georgia,' a not-so-subtle allusion to centuries-old anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish people."