A campaign ad associated with Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks’ Senate run features audio from last month’s Congressional baseball practice shooting that left GOP Whip Steve Scalise seriously injured. Brooks is running for the Senate seat that was vacated by Jeff Sessions when Sessions accepted the US Attorney General position in President Trump’s administration.
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As reported by the Daily Mail, the campaign ad, which is approved by the Republican congressman, opens with the sound of gunfire and a black screen. After a moment, text appears that reads, “June 14: A Bernie Sanders supporter fires on Republican Congressmen.
“Mo Brooks gives his belt as a tourniquet to help the wounded.
“What’s the liberal media immediately ask?”
The campaign ad then cuts to footage from an interview that took place on the scene after the shooting. A reporter asks if the incident has changed Brooks’ position regarding the Second Amendment.
“Does this change your views on the gun situation in America,” asks the reporter.
During his reply, Brooks states, “The Second Amendment right to bear arms is to ensure that we always have a Republic. So, no, I’m not changing my position on any of the rights that we enjoy as Americans.”
The ad closes with a voice-over where Brooks says, “I’m Mo Brooks, candidate for the Senate, and I approve this message.”
The ad has sparked some social media backlash. Some simply believe the ad is “in poor taste,” while others refer to it as “horrifying opportunism.”
A spokesman for Scalise did not offer outright support for Brooks after the release of the ad, saying “some people have different ideas about what’s appropriate.”
Brooks, who currently represents Alabama’s 5th Congressional district, is one of three major GOP candidates participating in the primary. He faces Luther Strange, the former attorney general of Alabama and current appointee holding Sessions’ vacated seat, as well as a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore.