Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James is full of apologies after he made a “terrible error” and unintentionally showed what appears to be a swastika in his first campaign ad of the general election in Michigan.
Monday night, James addressed the issue at an impromptu press conference after a debate against incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow.
“I need to fess up and admit this was a terrible error on our part,” he said at his campaign headquarters, according to the Associated Press.
“We should have caught this error, and we didn’t – and there’s no excuse. I’m responsible for everything that our team does and fails to do. And I will do everything in my power to make sure this never, ever happens again.”
The campaign ad, which began airing on television two weeks ago, includes brief footage of an empty school hallway as James talks off-screen about the state’s failing schools. In the shot, a bulletin board full of flyers appears to show one with a printed swastika symbol.
James explained the footage came from stock footage, but the ad has since been pulled from YouTube, but is still being shared on social media (peep the five second mark.)