Republican congressional nominee for Maryland's 7th district Kimberly Klacik exposed a "broken Baltimore" that's been abandoned by Democratic leadership and unveiled her vision in a follow-up video.
"Tens of millions of you have shared the struggle of black people in Baltimore. You cared about our black lives more than our own leaders," Klacik captioned a visually-stunning advertisement to her constituents. "They have done nothing for us. Now they can't hide. We are the change."
Klacik is running on a pro-Trump, anti-squad platform to represent her district, and is bucking the left-wing narrative that the Democrat Party is the best way forward for black voters at-large.
Her bid for the House seat highlights the neglected areas of Baltimore marked by crumbling infrastructure, poverty, and crime. Democratic-run city has been blue for 53 years. Klacik questions the dismal results of leftist leadership after decades of destruction.
"Do you care about black lives? I do. Unlike the people that currently run Baltimore, I actually have a plan to make life better here," Klacik prefaced the latest three-minute campaign clip.
"Walk with me. I want you to see this," the congressional hopeful stated as the camera panned to shots of a depressed neighborhood. The phrase "Baltimore Lives Matter" in boldface font then dramatically dropped down below Klacik's name.
She toured the "real Baltimore," which she described as having once been among the most "prosperous, populated, and powerful" cities in America. "Our leaders abandoned us and Baltimore fell into ruin," Klacik went on.
"A broken Baltimore does not have to be our future," Klacik declared, putting her foot down on her stomping grounds as a red glow emanated and restored dilapidated blocks. "I walk the streets of Baltimore and see what could be. I want you to see what I see."
Klacik cited a pile-up of garbage caused by many bypassing the Quarantine Road sanitation yard to dump in residential backyards.
"It makes life unsafe for our families," Klacik commented, promising to supply resources "to take out the trash."
In June, the city's Department of Public Works struggled with a COVID-19 outbreak among workers at one facility that disrupted recycling for three weeks, The Baltimore Sun reported. City data showed that the completion rate for 311 service calls dipped this year relative to last, dropping to a four-year low in June.
Klacik then disposed of litter literally and figuratively: "Our streets should be a reflection of our leaders: clean, not dirty."
As graffiti that stained Baltimore's bricks was wiped away, Klacik vowed to support tax credits and incentive programs that provide residents with the opportunity to buy and rehabilitate 17,000 abandoned homes, "a scar on the face of our city."
"Everyone deserves a safe community and a chance at home ownership," Klacik declared. "Let's put the charm back into charm city."
She also pledged to urge businesses to invest in the area. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a historic tax code overhaul signed into law under the Trump administration in 2017, allots federal tax incentives to drive private investment into opportunity zones.
Nine out of ten black boys do not read at grade level and over a dozen high schools have zero students proficient in mathematics, Klacik noted, sourcing FOX 45's Project Baltimore.
"This is a tragedy," she said, referring to the city's failing education system, instead championing an end to the school-to-prison pipeline with school choice that includes a 100 percent tax credit for all school-related expenses. Federal funding would allow parents to enroll their children in private, charter, religious or home schooling of their choice.
"Let's leave Baltimore better for our kids. Isn't that the point?" Klacik rhetorically asked her audience.
Then in a cinematic sequence, a slow motion scene depicted numerous women dressed in red rising up from their porch steps and pouring into the streets alongside Klacik after watching her previous three-minute video that reached 12.2 million viewers to date.
Marching in sync, the mothers, daughters, and sisters of the conservative movement followed Klacik, a sea of scarlet backdropping the rising GOP star's stark white outfit.
"All Black Lives Matter. Our communities matter. We matter. And Baltimore doesn't have to vote Democrat," Klacik signed off.
The fearless 38-year-old Republican is challenging Democratic Rep. Kweisi Mfume, 71, in a rematch of the April special election that followed Rep. Elijah Cummings' death in October. Mfume held the position for a decade before Cummings, ditching elected office in 1996 to become president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Klacik spoke on the first night of Republican National Convention, themed "Land of Promise." President Donald Trump backed her the day after her promotional video thrusted the young conservative into the national spotlight.
"Kimberly will work with the Trump Administration and we will bring Baltimore back, and fast. Don't blow it Baltimore, the Democrats have destroyed your city!" the president praised Klacik.