A candidate for the United States House of Representatives in Tennessee’s Second District really wants you to know he doesn’t like Butch Jones.
Republican Jason Emert’s new campaign ad mocks a Tennessee ad that Jones filmed during his Volunteer tenure. Emert, a former Southern Illinois football punter, builds a (terribly mortared) wall in what appears to be someone’s front yard in an attempt to say that he’ll keep his promises unlike Jones and help President Donald Trump build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
Check out our new ad that begins airing today. Unlike Butch Jones and career politicians, I will keep my promises to you. I will work with President Trump to build the wall, end chain migration, and make Washington work for us again! pic.twitter.com/zu1DREVIVY
— Jason Emert (@JasonEmert) July 5, 2018
For comparison’s sake, here’s the Jones ad being mocked. Jones’ mortar skills are far better than Emert’s.
Jones unceremoniously parted ways with Tennessee during a tumultuous 2017 season. His folksy sayings — he was going to build the Tennessee program brick-by-brick, his team were champions of life, etc — are an easy target for mocking.
So is Emert’s ad. The replies to it are generally not kind. That’s what you’d expect given the combination of social media, our current political climate and Emert’s terrible wall-building skills.
Few questions: 1 Did your HOA give you approval to build that ugly thing in your front yard? 2 How are you going to get your car out of the driveway if it goes all around your property? 3 Who is paying for it: you, your neighbors, or will future generations end up paying for it?
— Christian La Mont (@OfficialCLM) July 5, 2018
Excellent ad!!!!! Although you are using pavers and not bricks….. so might want to change that.
— Nathan Guy (@NJGBoss) July 5, 2018
Brick by brick was embarrassing, just like you, take off the Orange.
— Volstrodomus (@WeaveinRotation) July 5, 2018
For what it’s worth, construction has not started on Trump’s proposed wall, so Emert’s front-yard wall is further along than Trump’s border wall. And if Emert makes like Jones and can’t keep his promise with Trump’s wall — or loses his election — he at least can take solace that he has a chance for a lower-level gig in Alabama.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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