Amid dwindling approval ratings, a desperate GOP is now using “terror” tactics against their Democratic opponents. On Wednesday a super PAC that works closely with the GOP House leadership attempted to tie Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff to terrorism by releasing an ad featuring Osama bin Laden.
The 30-second spot from the Congressional Leadership Fund attacks the first-time Georgia candidate for reportedly receiving $5,000 from Al Jazeera, which the ad calls a “media outlet that has been described as a mouthpiece for terrorists.” (Al Jazeera ran films created by Ossoff’s investigative film company, according to the Washington Free Beacon.)
The TV spot displays ominous images of al Qaeda fighters and their infamous founder, and then questions whether Ossoff is being forthcoming with the truth.
“What is he hiding? How can we trust him?” the narrator asks.
The GOP shameless tactic was also used last week when the Congressional Leadership Fund used footage of anti-Trump protesters smashing windows and lighting a limo on fire on Inauguration Day to argue that Ossoff has a “radical agenda.”
“Jon Ossoff is one of them,” says the narrator.
Republicans have publicly expressed their confidence about retaining the suburban Atlanta congressional seat. But Ossoff is leading in the polls in a special election to fill the seat left vacant after the Senate confirmed former Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as secretary of health and human services earlier this year.
Ossoff campaign manager Keenan Pontoni called Wednesday’s ad a “smear attack” and denounced it as “truly shameful.”
Watch the ad in the clip below: