Posted on April 18, 2022

Alabama Governor Sparks Cries of Racism With New Campaign Ad Attacking Joe Biden

Jon Skolnik, Salon, April 15, 2022

Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday lamented the idea that Americans would be forced to learn Spanish if President Biden keeps “shipping illegal immigrants” in the country.

“If Joe Biden keeps shipping illegal immigrants into our states, we’re all going to have to learn Spanish,” Ivey said in a new 30-second ad spot released this week. “My message to Biden: no way, José.”

“That’s why I sent national guard troops to protect the Southern border. That’s why we banned sanctuary cities in Alabama. The left can try to cancel me, I don’t care. But here in Alabama, we’re going to enforce the law,” the conservative governor added.


Ivey Campaign Manager William Califf told a CBS affiliate that Ivey “recognizes that a country without borders isn’t a country at all.”


The ad has drawn criticism.

“If Ivey gets any more racist than her latest ad,” Alabama columnist Kyle Whitmire wrote this week, “she’s going to need another can of shoe polish.”