A Republican candidate in Arizona went viral Wednesday with a new campaign ad that shows him defending his home from the Ku Klux Klan.
Arizona Republican Jerone Davison in no uncertain terms tells voters exactly how he feels about the right to own an AR-15 rifle for self-defense in a video showing his home being approached by members of the KKK.
Davison, who is black, narrates the video which shows him at home enjoying coffee and praying as menacing figures dressed in Klan attire approach his residence with weapons.
"Democrats like to say that no one needs an AR-15 for self-defense. That no one could possibly need all 30 rounds," Davison says, as the Klan members approach.
The video then shows Davison stepping out of his home armed with a rifle, which scares the intruders away.
"But when this rifle is the only thing standing in between your family and a dozen angry Democrats in Klan hoods, you just might need that semi-automatic. And all 30 rounds," he says.
Davison posted the video to Twitter Wednesday morning, writing, "Make Rifles Great Again."
The 30-second ad is going viral and has been seen more than 500,000 times at the time of this article's publication.
The ad highlights the controversial history of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist terrorist organization that used violence and intimidation against white and black Republican leaders to disenfranchise black Americans. The Klan sought to reestablish white supremacy in southern states and supported the Democratic Party against Reconstruction-era Republicans in the 1870s.
The KKK reemerged in the 1920s as a racist and nativist hate group that burned crosses and denounced immigrants, Catholics, Jews, African-Americans, and organized labor. It campaigned for pro-segregation Democrats in the South and opposed the Civil Rights Movement through the 1960s.
Davison, a former NFL player, pastor, and speaker, is one of five GOP candidates running in the primary election for Arizona's 4th Congressional District. He was a running back for Arizona State University and later played for the Oakland Raiders from 1996 to 1997.
After leaving the NFL, Davison spent 10 years working in California as a liaison reuniting children with incarcerated parents, according to a profile by the Arizona Republic.
His issue focus is combating big tech, fighting for election integrity — including the "ability to validate" results — and embracing free market principles to deal with inflation.
The winner of the primary on August 2 will face incumbent Rep. Greg Stanton (D-Ariz.) in November.