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This Desperate GOP Attack Ad Just Backfired Spectacularly by Trying to Smear a Decorated Veteran as Being Against the Troops

October 12, 2018 in Blogs

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Republicans crafted an ad blasting Democratic House candidate Dan Feehan for supporting Colin Kaepernick. There's just one problem.


The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) thought they had a perfect attack ad against Dan Feehan, the Democrat running in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District: attack him as unpatriotic for his support of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's right to take a knee during the national anthem.

“Millions have paid the ultimate price defending the values our flag represents,” says the narrator over a backdrop of soldiers' headstones. “Land of the free. Home of the brave. And they never took a knee. But liberal Dan Feehan celebrated Colin Kaepernick's protests of our national anthem, even said Kaepernick's kneeling 'matches the patriotism of our military'. Tell Dan Feehan: real patriots stand together.”

But there's a rather obvious flaw in the ad: Feehan is in fact a decorated Army captain who did two tours of duty in Iraq, and then served as acting Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon.

And even viewers of the NRCC's ad ought to have a clue about this, because in both tweets the ad displays onscreen, the hashtag “#veteransforKaepernick” can clearly be seen. Oops!

Shortly after posting the ad on Twitter, the NRCC faced a barrage of criticism and mockery for their tone-deafness in saying a veteran is not a “real patriot”:

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