North Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Cheri Beasley had the perfect response to a graphic Fox News personality Sean Hannity shared on his program detailing her "extremism."
Hannity appeared to be running a campaign ad for Beasley—the opposite of what he was going for.
An onscreen graphic listed her support for reproductive rights, expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which aims to curb inflation by reducing the deficit, lowering prescription drug prices and investing in clean energy.
To that, Beasley offered the following succinct response:
Beasley called on her supporters to help her campaign in the lead-up to November's midterm election.
Beasley is vying to fill the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Richard Burr. Burr is a Republican who served as North Carolina's Senator since 2005.
She is neck-and-neck in her race against GOP candidate Ted Budd—former President Donald Trump's pick.
Many cheered Beasley's response to Hannity's smear campaign.
They noted they actually quite like her "extremist" positions.
Beasley served as an Associate Justice on North Carolina's Supreme Court from 2012 to 2019, when she was promoted to Chief Justice. She had previously served on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and as a district court judge in Cumberland County, North Carolina.
In March 2021, The News & Observer reported Beasley had decided to enter the race for the Senate seat being vacated by Burr. She launched her campaign the following month and won her state's Democratic primary the month after that.
Budd, her Republican opponent, served as a Representative for North Carolina's 13th congressional district since 2017 after he defeated Bruce Davis, a former Guilford County commissioner, in the general election.
Budd is a member of the Freedom Caucus, considered to be the most conservative and furthest-right bloc within the House Republican Conference.
A favorite of Donald Trump's, Budd was one of 147 Republican lawmakers who objected to the certification of electoral votes from the 2020 presidential election even after a mob of Trump's supporters attacked the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Budd continued to promote Trump's "Big Lie" the election was stolen.