BALTIMORE — Baltimore Republican congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik on Monday released a campaign ad on her Twitter account attacking the Democratic party and city leadership.
The nearly three-minute video garnered national attention on social media, including from network media personalities, pundits, and politicians.
As of Tuesday afternoon, it had more than 178,900 likes and nearly 100,000 re-tweets.
It starts with Klacik asking "Do you care about black lives?"
Soon after she answers her own question by saying, "The people that run Baltimore don't."
The ad follows Klacik walking through the streets of Baltimore as she touches on some of the city's hot button issues including crumbling infrastructure, abandoned homes, poverty, and violent crime.
Klacik claims the majority of crime and poverty in the city impacts the black community, which makes up 60 percent of Baltimore's population.
She follows those numbers up by accusing the party of, "betraying the black people of Baltimore," and alleging that it's their "policies and corruption that affects us."
The video moves onto whether or not citizens in Baltimore support defunding the police.
Three residents featured in the ad, two men and a woman respond "no," with one of the men telling his story of how three of his sons were killed in Baltimore City.
On November 3, Klacik faces off against Democratic incumbent Kweisi Mfume, who won an April special election to fill the 7th District Congressional seat held by the late Elijah Cummings.
We've reached out to the Mfume campaign for comment, and are awaiting their response.
The entire video can be watched below.
Democrats don’t want you to see this.— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) August 17, 2020
They’re scared that I’m exposing what life is like in Democrat run cities.
That’s why I’m running for Congress
Because All Black Lives Matter
And black people don’t have to vote Democrat
Help us win https://t.co/CSOjc9aQlS pic.twitter.com/XnEDTaDDIG