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GOP Georgia Election Ad Smears Refugees As Terrorists (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) released an ad on May 31 that portrays Syrian refugees as secret ISIS terrorists who are invading Georgia (video below).

A voiceover in the ad says, "ISIS is infiltrating America and using Syrians to do it," notes Right Wing Watch. It shows a man dressed as a terrorist pointing to Georgia, which has been highlighted on a map. The ad also warns that the Democratic Party brought 10,000 Syrian refugees (who were fleeing ISIS) into the U.S.

The ad blames Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, who is running in a special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, for supporting the nuclear deal between Iran, U.S. U.K, Russia, France, China and Germany.

The ad also warns that the deal will "fund terror, while terrorists infiltrate and attack" and flashes the state of Georgia up on the screen, along with San Bernardino terrorists Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik -- who were not refugees or Syrians.

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The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican Super PAC, ran an ad against Ossoff on June 1, linking him to comedienne Kathy Griffin, who recently offended many on Twitter by posting a picture of herself holding a fake head covered with fake blood that was supposed to represent President Donald Trump, notes McClatchy.

The ad begins by attacking "liberal extremists," shows clips of vandalism, cuts to a quick clip of filmmaker Michael Moore and then cuts to Griffin.

The ad warns that "these angry liberals will go to any extreme to elect Jon Ossoff!"

Ruth Guerra, a spokeswoman for the Congressional Leadership Fund, said the ad has not been aired yet in Atlanta, but may be before the June 20 election.

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Ossoff spokeswoman Sacha Haworth countered the ad: "Jon Ossoff believes what Kathy Griffin did was despicable and for Karen Handel’s Super PAC to say otherwise is a disgrace. Karen Handel should immediately demand this ad be pulled before any more children have to see these disturbing images on TV."

Musician, Trump supporter, and NRA board member Ted Nugent has been compared to Griffin because of his outrageous statements, one of which he stood by on May 31: the hanging of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Nugent made his remarks to conservative talk show host Ben Ferguson, notes the Washington Examiner:

I've never threatened to hang anybody. I've never suggested anybody get hung, except the one time after Benghazi, I recommended that Hillary Clinton be charged, arrested, tried and hung. What she did as secretary of state was certainly treasonous, and I stand by that.

Nugent also insisted that he had never threatened anyone, reports The Hill:

To compare what I said ... we're talking apples and grenades here. What Kathy Griffin did was downright vulgar, obscene, and a genuine variation of a death threat. I've never threatened anybody.

The Hill notes that Nugent's past comments include: "Obama, he's a piece of s***. I told him to suck on my machine gun," and, "Hey, Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless b****," and, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year."

Sources: Right Wing Watch, McClatchy, Washington Examiner, The Hill / Photo credit: Republican National Committee via Wikimedia Commons

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