Kansas City Congressional candidate Maite Salazar thought she was going to pull a quick smear campaign against her opponent for Missouri’s Fifth District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Instead, she got dragged for racism, among other things.
In a January 9 tweet, Salazar claimed her opponent, seventh term Representative Emanuel Cleaver, who is Black, kept a picture of Bill Cosby underneath his desk, adding “this is not a drill.”
Well, not only was the picture not of Cosby, it was of the late great jazz musician Al Jarreau during a performance in Kansas City. It prompted Rachel R. Gonzalez, a member of the executive committee for the Missouri Democratic Party, to make the distinction and point out that “not all Black people look the same.” See below:
Maite, Rep. Cleaver does not have a photo of Bill Cosby under his desk.— Rachel R. Gonzalez (@RachelRGonzalez) January 10, 2020
That’s a photo of the late Al Jarreau taken by KC Jazz Musician Groovy Grant when he visited KC.
Not all Black people look the same — get proof before spreading lies.
Not a good look for your campaign. pic.twitter.com/rGHI5gh6L5
After leaving the tweet up for more than a day, Salazar realized the enormous blunder and issued an apology, blaming the stress of campaigning, and did not address Cleaver, whose character she tried to assassinate.
“I would like to offer my deepest apology,” she tweeted. “I made a mistake by insinuating my opponent had a picture he did not have in his office. I overstepped, when I should have left it alone. When you're when you are running a campaign of this magnitude, mistakes are made. This was an insensitive mistake.” She continued, “Again, I offer my apology. I will continue to fight for all the things are needed in the 5th district.”
I would like to offer my deepest apology. I made a mistake by insinuating my opponent had a picture he did not have in his office. I overstepped, when I should have left it alone. When you're when you are running a campaign of this magnitude, mistakes are made.— Maite Salazar for MO-5 (@MaiteSalazar4MO) January 10, 2020
This was an insensitive mistake. Again, I offer my apology. I will continue to fight for all the things are needed in the 5th district.— Maite Salazar for MO-5 (@MaiteSalazar4MO) January 10, 2020
Twitter wasn’t with it and continued the dragging. See what they had to say below.
“When you're when you are running a campaign of this magnitude, mistakes are made.”— Allison 🌊🌊 (@AllisonMY) January 10, 2020
Not really. Qualified, reasonable candidates don’t make mistakes like this. This is the lamest excuse you could come up with. Oh...and lovely use of passive voice. Always love “mistakes are made.”
“insinuating?” It seems you may suffer from the racist belief that all Black people/men look alike. If not, then you certainly suffer from acting and speaking rashly and from “going low” in your campaigning. Any one of these raises serious questions about your fitness to serve.— sue adler (@suehallie) January 10, 2020
Nope. This was not a “mistake”...you implied reprehensible things....— Michele🍷 (@JustAddWine_) January 11, 2020
“A campaign of this magnitude.” Huh. So you overlook the details, is what you’re saying. Wonder what that says about you as a candidate...☺️— parallel brieality (@tiny_songstress) January 10, 2020
You didn't insinuate he had a pic of Bill Cosby, you explicitly stated he did. There is a difference. Own your unforced error.— Chan #ITMFA (@runnerat45) January 10, 2020