“This was an ad seen by thousands of Georgians. It was an ad for fundraising, “said Ossoff. “I call on Senator Perdue to take the money he collected, using this manipulated image of my face, and to donate that money to groups that promote community healing and community unity and tolerance. Because after these last four years, we need it here in this country now more than ever. ‘
Perdue’s campaign did not immediately respond to the call to donate the money. But in a statement originally sent Monday evening, the campaign said that Ossoff’s nose enlargement was accidentally done by a supplier and Perdue hadn’t seen the ad in question before going online. His campaign didn’t say if it would sever ties with the seller.
“In the graphic design process carried out by a third-party provider, the photo was resized and a filter applied, which seemed to have caused an unintended error that clouded the image,” said Casey Black, a Perdue spokesperson. a statement. “This was clearly an accident, but to make sure there is no confusion, we immediately removed the image from Facebook. Anyone who suggests that this was anything other than an unintentional mistake intentionally misrepresent Senator Perdues strong and consistent track record against anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred. “
The campaign also pointed to a statement by former Senator Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), Who heads the Republican Jewish Coalition, who said Perdue is “a person of honor and high integrity,” and that accusations of anti-Semitism “are simply false . “
Ossoff and Perdue compete in a competitive race that could generate tens of millions of dollars in external spending and potentially tip the balance of power in the Senate next year.
In his original statement, Monday evening, Ossoff called enlarging his nose the “oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history.” His democratic allies repeated the condemnation of his campaign.
Nikema Williams, the president of the Democratic Party of Georgia, called on Perdue to apologize and fire the seller in charge of the ad. A Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman criticized the senator, saying that he declined to take responsibility for the ad.