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Democrat Candidate Goes Over the Top in Disturbing New Ad, Links Trump to Bin Laden

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What is it with Virginia’s 10th Congressional District? It’s basically a catalog of all that’s dysfunctional about the Democrat Party.

First came an independent candidate who was an admitted pedophile and rapist who threatened to kill Barack Obama and wants to restore benevolent white supremacy; he had his voting rights restored by the Democrat governor of Virginia as part of a blanket clemency done right before the 2016 election.

But at least that degenerate can’t feasibly win. Democrat Dan Helmer could — and the veteran and Rhodes Scholar is running what may be the most misguided ad you’ll see this election season.

See, Helmer dislikes President Donald Trump. A lot. In fact, he thinks he’s on par with the biggest mass murderer of the modern era.

“After 9/11, the greatest threat to our democracy lived in a cave,” Helmer says in the new advertisement. “Today, he lives in the White House. No one, not even the president, is above the law.”

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Huh?

Here’s the mind-boggling ad:

It starts off with the usual Democrat checklist items. He’ll take on the gun lobby! He’s not a politician! Medicare for everyone! You’ve heard this all before. And then a statement that basically says: “Our president is morally on par with a guy who planned the attack that killed nearly 3,000 civilians in just one day.”

Do you think this ad is inappropriate?

I’m absolutely bananas, and I approved this message.

Look, I appreciate that Helmer served his country in two wars but this clearly is not a man who ought to be serving in combat. The very fact that a politician — much less the president — can be compared to bin Laden by a candidate and not be roundly condemned and disowned by the Democrats is proof just how deep the perfervid hatred of Trump goes. It doesn’t even mention how Trump threatens democracy. It just relies on the viewer to fill in the blanks.

And has he apologized? Of course not. As of Saturday morning, the commercial is still pinned on the top of his Twitter account, along with the message “No one, not even the President, is above the law. We need to elect leaders who will stand up to him and fight for our progressive values.” News about what laws Trump broke and has put himself above will presumably not be forthcoming.

There’s also the sad fact that you can almost see the logic here. The only chance that Helmer has to win is to paint his opponent, Rep. Barbara Comstock, as being part of a Trumpian threat to democracy. In Virginia’s 10th, it may work.

While Comstock won re-election in 2016, beating LuAnn Bennett 53 percent to 47 percent, that was a lot slimmer than her 2014 win. Back then, she beat John Foust 56 percent to 40 percent.

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Part of that had to be who was at the top of the ballot; Clinton beat Trump 52-42 percent in the presidential ballot in the district, compared to a slim Romney win in 2012 and a slim Obama win in 2008. The district also voted for Bush twice by substantial margins.

In short, this is the kind of seat that the Democrats need to pick up if the fabled “blue wave” is going to take place. The problem is that Trump’s personal numbers are inching up and GOP numbers as a whole are way up.

Internal polling showed Helmer with a lead over Comstock, but that could definitely change with the outrage over this ad.

“It’s an outrageous and offensive thing to say, and beyond the pale,” Comstock said in a statement, according to USA Today. “In Congress, we have been standing with President Trump, on a bipartisan basis to strengthen our military, defeat ISIS and battle terrorism, and make the world safer.”

The White House also weighed in: “Leaders from across the political spectrum — starting with Leader Pelosi — must swiftly condemn this abhorrent message,” White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in a statement.

However, even though The Washington Post has said that Helmer was using the bin Laden line at campaign events long before this, there’s been no outrage or condemnation from anyone on the Democrats’ side.

What a shocker. Let’s hope someone on the left has the courage to castigate Helmer for this irresponsible behavior.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal for four years.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal for four years. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
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English, Spanish
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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