Dem Ad Blasts Mastriano Over Capitol Riot
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is targeting one Pennsylvania Republican in an ad buy for his attendance at President Donald Trump’s rally in Washington D.C. on January 6, where the president falsely claimed that the election was stolen and rioters later stormed the Capitol.
The DLCC has launched a five-figure advertising campaign criticizing state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams), who was the lone Pennsylvania lawmaker present at the rally in Washington D.C.
“President Trump incited the mob,” a voiceover says at the beginning of the 30 second digital ad. “The violent, looting, confederate flag-waving, cop-killing, hate-filled mob.”
“In defiance of our constitution, Republican legislators fanned the flames, some were even there,” a voiceover in the ad continues, showing an image of Mastriano and former state Rep. Rick Saccone present at the rally.
“Republicans, stop the violence and insurrection,” the voiceover says at the conclusion of the ad. “Don’t let what happened in Washington, happen in Pennsylvania.”
A spokesperson from the DLCC said that the search ads for the campaign, which began on January 19, link to the press release on the legislators present at the rally. The video was on YouTube and other digital platforms.
Mastriano did not immediately respond for comment on the ad campaign.
Following Mastriano’s attendance at the rally, he took to social media and released an official statement condemning the violence that followed Trump’s rally.
“As a military veteran and retired colonel, I do not – nor would I ever – condone the violence we saw today. I join with all patriotic Americans in condemning what occurred in the Capitol,” Mastriano said in a release. “There never is justification for this sort of behavior. I not only love but I fought for this country, our constitution and its rule of law.”
“When it was apparent that this was no longer a peaceful protest, my wife and I left the area and made our way out of the area,” Mastriano continued. “At no point did we enter the Capitol building, walk on the Capitol steps or go beyond police lines.”
Mastriano continued to say that it was a “sad day” for the country.
However, Mastriano has continued to defend Trump on social media following the riots.
The DLCC also launched an “accountability campaign” with a website “republicaninsurrectionists.com” that includes the Republican lawmakers present in Washington D.C. the day of Trump’s rally and members of the state legislature who signed onto the effort to overturn awarding the state’s electoral votes to Joe Biden.