A new ad from the liberal group Americans United for Change links the views of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to those of al-Qaeda senior operative Adam Gadhan.
The ad attacks McConnell for his opposition to expanding criminal background checks on gun purchases and contends that Gadhan agrees. It goes on to play a clip of the al-Qaeda operative, reportedly used in a recruitment video for the terrorist organization, encouraging Americans to go out and purchase weapons. “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?” Gadhan asks. A narrator then tells viewers to call McConnell and ask “why he’s in such bad company.”
The ad will run in Lexington, Ky., during local news shows, according to The Hill.
McConnell, who is running for reelection in 2014 and is one of the Democrats’ top targets for defeat, is likely to come under continued attack as the midterm election approaches.