Republican Senator declines to say sorry after publishing image of Jewish challenger with digitally bigger nose

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) posted a project advertisement featuring an image of his Jewish opponent, Jon Ossoff, digitally manipulated to have a bigger nose. When the timeworn antisemitic stereotype was seen, he was required to withdraw the advertisement, however Perdue is refusing to apologize for it Matt Novak summarizes the imbroglio:

The photoshopped advertisement, initially reported by Forward, featured pictures of Ossoff in addition to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who’s also Jewish, and consisted of text that checks out “Democrats are shopping Georgia!” in addition to “Schumer’s SUPER PAC is investing $3 million in Georgia for Jon Ossoff!”

The initial unedited photo was considered Reuters by photojournalist Chris Aluka Berry in 2017 after Ossoff lost an election for Georgia’s sixth Congressional District. Perdue’s campaign rejected that the edit had been intentional and looked for to distance itself from the unnamed designer who made the ad.

Purdue claims it was an “mishap” triggered by a filter, but was unable to describe exactly how that took place.

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