An advertisement for an Illinois candidate is causing controversy within the state’s Republican Party for being anti-transgender.
SRepresentativeative Jeanne Ives ran a mocking take on an ad by current governor Bruce Rauner, which featured people thanking him for policies that helped their state. In Ives’s counter ad, a transgender woman thanks current governor Bruce Rauner for “letting me use the women’s bathroom” in a condescending tone according to PinkNews.
The ad also depicts a woman in a pink pussy hat thanking Rauner “for making all Illinois families pay for my abortions” and a man with a bandana covering his face thanking Rauner for ”making Illinois a sanctuary state for illegal immigrant criminals.”
Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider condemned the ad in a statement and said Ives should apologize.
“There is no place in the Illinois Republican Party for rhetoric that attacks our fellow Illinoisans based on their race, gender or humanity,” he said.
Ives has not taken down the ad as of publication and did not give an apology.
“Rauner betrayed Illinois conservatives. He and his paid-for mouthpieces don’t like his betrayals being illustrated and his radical left-wing social agenda being exposed,” Ives campaign spokesperson Kathleen Murphy said. “Rauner is the one who owes Illinois families in general and conservatives, in particular, an apology.”
Ives previously spoke out against gay marriage in 2013, according to PinkNews. She said gay people were in “disordered marriages” and defended “natural” marriages.
Watch Ives’s ad below.