Following perhaps his most swiftly and thoroughly condemned comments, the National Rifle Association is rushing to Donald Trump's defense with a new ad attacking rival Hillary Clinton as an elitist gun-grabber.
“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment,” Trump said at a rally in North Carolina Tuesday afternoon. “By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”
Wednesday morning, the NRA rushed to Trump's rescue as backlash came from all corners, launching the biggest single ad buy for Trump of this entire campaign cycle --$3 million. As Politico points out, no other major political group is even spending money on the Republican nominee.
“She’s one of the wealthiest women in politics. Combined income: 30 million dollars,” the ad’s narrator states. “Tours the world on private jets. Protected by armed guards for thirty years. But she doesn’t believe in your right to keep a gun at home for self-defense.”
"An out-of-touch hypocrite, she’d leave you defenseless,” the 30-second ad, which will air on cable in battleground states, concludes.
“If elected Hillary Clinton will appoint an-anti-gun Supreme Court Justice to overturn our fundamental right to self-protection,” Chris Cox, chairman of NRA's Political Victory Fund, told USA TODAY. “That is what this election is about: protecting our individual right to keep a firearm in our home for protection and making sure that there isn't one set of rules for political elites like Hillary Clinton and a different set for the rest of us.”
In another recently released ad, Cox bashes Clinton for her receiving protection from the secret service.
“For 30 years she hasn’t taken a walk, a nap, or a bathroom break without a good guy there with a gun to protect her,” Cox says of Clinton's secret service detail in the ad titled "The Hillary Standard."