Republican candidate for governor of Kentucky Daniel Cameron, the attorney general, reportedly retaliated against a local leftist daily on Thursday after it published a cartoon showing him acting in a bigoted manner and seemingly making fun of Christians.
Cameron, a Black man, is depicted in the cartoon earlier in the day by the Lexington Herald-Leader with skin that is noticeably lighter than it is in real life, wearing what appears to be a “Make America Great Again” hat backwards, and declaring that if he were governor during a pandemic, he would let people die.
The scenario is situated within a church, and in the backdrop, a different character who appears to be Jesus Christ is depicted being crucified.
Cameron, who once again had lighter complexion than in real life, was holding the tail of the Ku Klux Klan robe in the cartoon, which was drawn by Joel Pett, the comic’s creator, and was the subject of intense criticism in 2019.
That year, Trump supported Cameron in his bid for attorney general, which he ultimately won. As a result, he became Kentucky’s first Black candidate to be independently elected to statewide office.
In his run for the governor’s office last year, Cameron also had Trump’s early support.
Twelve candidates compete in the crowded Republican primary field against Cameron.
Tuesday, May 16, is the primary election day.
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