Attack Ad Questions Minnesota Democratic Candidate’s Patriotism — But He’s an Iraq War Vet

With election day less than a month away, candidates and outside groups are heating up with new attacks against their opponents.

One new ad from the National Republican Campaign Committee seeks to paint Minnesota Congressional candidate Daniel Feehan as a liberal who disrespected the troops through his support for Colin Kaepernick.

“Millions have paid the ultimate price, defending the values our flag represents,” a narrator says as the ad opens over images of Honor Guards, military headstones, and service members.

Watch the video below:

The ad hones in on tweets from Daniel Feehan — a former acting Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration — that supported the protest movement started by Kaepernick.

Specifically, the ad takes issue with one tweet Feehan sent in 2016, saying Kaepernick’s activism “matches the patriotism of our military.”

“Tell Dan Feehan real patriots stand together,” the narrator says to end the ad.

But what the ad does not mention is Feehan’s own service.

On his campaign website, Feehan describes being moved to serve after watching the attacks of September 11, 2001.

“I committed myself to military service in the coming months, signing up for Army ROTC so I could do my part to protect the nation’s security,” Feehan’s bio reads. “From 2005 through 2009, I served as an active duty soldier and completed two combat tours of duty as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

“In Iraq, I searched for roadside bombs and pursued those threatening Americans and Iraqis alike, earning the Bronze Star for Service, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, and the Ranger Tab.”

Jesse Lehrich, communications director for Organizing for Action, shared a photo of Feehan in Iraq after reacting to the ad:

Feehan has countered previous attacks against his service with an ad from a fellow soldier, noting that Feehan’s opponent never served in the military.

“I can tell you from experience, taking fire from terrorists is harder than having my opponent & the [NRCC] question my patriotism,” Feehan wrote.

“These attacks are disrespectful to all men & women who have worn the uniform, especially the 40k veterans in [Minnesota’s 1st Congressional district,]” he added.

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1ntrepid
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Kaepernick wasn’t protesting patriotism. Kaepernick wasn’t protesting patriotism. Kaepernick wasn’t protesting patriotism.

Get it?

Allan
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Allan

I get that but suggesting that protesting police is matching military service in shared risk is f’ing outrageous. I think that’s the point. Furthermore, in my experience, which is to say, of all my service friends, I only know one that thinks the kapernik thing was ok. One. Every other friend I ever served with understands the point, of course, protecting the constitutional right to protest, but thinks if your protesting during the national anthem youre an a-hole. Like sure go ahead, that’s your right I guess, it doesn’t change the fact that you’re an a-hole.

1ntrepid
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1ntrepid

The only asswholes involved are the cops shooting unarmed people of color and the idiots who stand up for them.

Allan
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Allan

No. Those cops shooting unarmed people for no good reason are criminals. Not assholes. Assholes don’t have to go to court and jail etc etc. see? Like your an asshole, having your opinion is being an asshole, but sadly not criminal. See the difference? Criminal vs asshole. The problem with cops and everyone in a position of authority isn’t that they’re racist or whatever the hell new wave feminism socialist manifesto nonsense you’re spouting off. The problem is the corruption protecting these people from letter of the law. And it’s not just bad cops. It’s the unions, and the money,… Read more »

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