The GOP has released a new attack ad against Democrats. But whereas its first ad had depicted a compilation of liberal Democrats behaving like “an unhinged mob,” its new ad published Friday features media news reports documenting the acts of violence being carried out against Republicans.
The news reports cover everything from Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ husband receiving a threatening letter allegedly containing ricin to a Republican campaign manager in Nevada suffering bruises to her neck and arms after being accosted by a Democrat operative.
The reports also cite the assault of two Republican operatives in Minnesota and the arson attack on a GOP headquarters building in Wyoming.
The beginning of the ad contains a chilling quote from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who earlier this week had told a New York audience that if some Americans wind up suffering “collateral damage” because of the Democrat Party’s agenda, then so be it.
“We have to have total clarity about what we do when it comes to everything — a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage … whether it’s about immigration, whether it’s about gun safety, whether it’s about climate …” she’d said during a public interview last Sunday.
“I think that we owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our country, and if there’s some collateral damage for some others who do not share our view, well, so be it.”
Published earlier this month, the GOP’s first ad contains similarly eerie and potentially violent rhetoric from other left-wing figures, including former Attorney General Eric Holder and California Democrat Maxine Waters.
Holder can be seen in the video telling Democrat constituents that when Republicans “go low, we kick them. That’s what this new Democratic Party is about.”
Waters can likewise be heard telling her constituents that if they see any Trump administration officials “in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore anywhere.”
While this ad ended with the words “The Left: An Unhinged Mob,” the GOP’s latest ad finishes with a simple call-to-action: “The Democrat mob has gone too far. Stop them. Vote Republican.”
Some of the reaction from the Republican base to the GOP’s latest ad has been critical, with YouTube commenters arguing that more reports should have been included.
“Why did they omit the shooting of Steve Scalise from the video,” one conservative wrote on YouTube. “Or the left wing nutjob who attacked California GOP congressional candidate Rudy Peters with a switchblade.”
“I really hope @GOP plan on unloading on the dems with more than just this video. They could and absolutely should take this ad campaign much further. Much, much further. There are plenty of videos out there of mob violence. Good start, but let’s take this a little further @GOP,” another viewer wrote.
The reaction on Twitter has been far less critical:
RNC knocking it out of the park with these ads. https://t.co/DI25eKM5Ws
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) October 20, 2018
On the heals of Nancy Pelosi’s comments about Conservatives being “collateral damage”, the RNC has released a new campaign ad that highlights the political violence that has occurred against Republicans in recent weeks. It’s about time. #LeftismIsTerrorism https://t.co/3uCnjAsii8
— ❌ Deplorable Dave ?? (@wordsmithdave) October 20, 2018
Good, this needs more attention! https://t.co/CuPTpP0EXq
— Cassandra Loves #GirlsNight (@CassieInHeels) October 20, 2018
— Good Boy (@GoodBoy10204293) October 20, 2018
There’s another much harsher ad published Saturday, that lambastes Democrats as “savages” but it is not linked to the GOP, officially.
The ad was published by Big Game Productions, an independent group that publishes “comic dubs and political memes revolving around President Donald Trump.”
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