"I'm almost certain it does have to do with [the truck decal]," Fonseca told the station after her release.
"People abuse the badge, and, in my opinion, money talks.
However, Alex added, 'We have decided to pull our ad at this time,' he acknowledged, citing 'recent events.' Tuesday afternoon, a 29-year-old man identified as Sayfullo Saipov used a rented Home Depot van to run over cyclists and joggers in New York, killing eight and leaving several others injured. ' as a number of non-white kids, including a girl wearing an Islamic head scarf, take off as the truck revs.
The political ad showed a white driver behind the wheel of a Chevy truck, which was decorated with a Gillespie for governor decal and a 'Don't Tread on Me' sticker, a sign of Tea Party support. Before it hits them, however, the children wake up safe in their beds, as the ad asks Virginia voters to 'reject hate.' Even before the terror attack, the White House on Tuesday was particularly incensed by the ad.'Frankly, the only people I see stoking political racism right now are the people in the groups that are running ads like the one you saw take place in Virginia earlier this week,' Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at Tuesday's press briefing.
New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill said that the statement from from the suspect when he exited the truck was “consistent” with a terrorist attack.
Officials said the suspect was not from New York but would not provide information about where he came from - either from in the US or overseas.
The trailer, which was being pulled by a silver Toyota Hilux, overturned during the crash, and diversions were put in place by police to allow the vehicles to be recovered.