Buffalo, N.Y. — A war of words was triggered Tuesday night when Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., told Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY, via Twitter to "take your racist ad and shove it".
Lieu continued by calling Collins an "embarrassment to the House of Representatives."
Dear @RepChrisCollins: Take your racist ad and shove it. You are an embarrassment to the House of Representatives.
For folks who get angry after watching the racist ad, go to @Nate_McMurray website at https://t.co/wlQ5N8Zczv and help Nate. https://t.co/MBpOuZ9pvb
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) September 25, 2018
The strong language was regarding Collins' attack ad against Democratic opponent Nate McMurray. The ad plays video clips of McMurray speaking Korean and claims the candidate is lobbying to take jobs out of America.
McMurray has said the video is doctored and the words on the screen don't reflect what he is actually saying in Korean, a language he speaks fluently.
Collins' campaign spokeswoman Natalie Baldassarre dismissed Lieu's tweet, calling it "another tired and false attack from anti-Trump, liberal Democrats" and links McMurray's campaign to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
"Nate McMurray and the Democrats are so embarrassed by his radical policies of lobbying to ship American jobs overseas, that they resort to the only tool in Nancy Pelosi's playbook — label everything you don't like as racist or bigoted," Baldassarre told WKBW.
McMurray has publicly said he will not support Pelosi if elected to Congress.