Facebook has pulled the plug on an ad by The Lincoln Project on the grounds that it delegitimized the Georgia runoff elections taking place Tuesday.
The video, which remains up on Twitter, features lawyer Lin Wood and controversial far-right activist Nick Fuentes.
The ad appears to have the goal of dampening Republican turnout in the contests.
It shows Fuentes saying “we are going to destroy the GOP,” while Wood is featured telling a crowd that “we’re not going to vote on your d— machines made in China.”
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 1, 2021
The ad sparked some discussion on Twitter.
Boycotting the GA runoffs is the only way Trump-supporters can force the GOP to fight for a 2nd Trump term
The GOP only responds to threats to its power
To force them to back-Trump, his supporters MUST boycott to prove the GOP’ll lose every election unless Trump gets 4 more yrs pic.twitter.com/B8lpYHSUW4
— NotATweeter16 (@NotATweeter16) January 1, 2021
These views are dangerous. It’s cute and all, and I don’t want to see Loeffler or Perdue win, but Wood is undermining our system of governance. Plenty of voters x the country believe as these folks do. That’s a problem. A dangerous problem.
— ? Happy #%^}!! New Year ? (@bravegirl01) January 1, 2021
Hopefully they all hear it and listen to it. This is officially the division of the Republican Party.
— Mark Clemente (@BioarchMark) January 1, 2021
“We don’t allow ads that delegitimize the outcome of the election, so we’re rejecting these ads for violating this policy,” a Facebook spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.
The ad, which cost between $10,000 and $15,000 to push out on Facebook, was posted on Jan. 2, and potentially reached between 100,000 and 500,000 people, the outlet reported.
Facebook referred the Examiner to its policies.
“Ads targeting the US with the following content aren’t allowed: Ads that portray voting or census participation as useless/meaningless and/or advise users not to vote or participate in a census,” Facebook’s rules say.
Facebook also says it will not run “ads that delegitimize any lawful method or process of voting or voting tabulation (including in-person voting on paper or on machines, absentee voting, vote by mail, and lawful collection of ballots) as illegal, inherently fraudulent or corrupt, or will result in a fraudulent or corrupt election administration or outcome.”
Wood has signaled that Republicans should distance themselves from the runoff.
In a recent series of tweets, Wood referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a traitor and wrote about Pence’s potential arrest and execution.
The Georgia elections have drawn intense scrutiny because of their importance.
Republicans currently have a 50-48 edge in the Senate.
If one Republican wins, the GOP can cling to its current majority.
However, if both Democrats win, the chamber is split 50-50. That would allow presumptive Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to break tie votes.
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