The National Rifle Association's first ad in the 2016 presidential election launched Wednesday and it features a Benghazi hero asking voters to respect his dead friends by voting against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Says Mark Geist, who helped save 25 in the Battle of Benghazi:
Hillary as President? No thanks.
I served in Benghazi
My friends didn't make it.
They did their part. Do yours.
The NRA Political Victory Fund ad shows Geist walking through a military graveyard and ends with an image of "Trump 2016."
The NRA and Geist have endorsed Trump.
The NRA is expected to spend historic amounts on the election. The group plans to spend $2 million on the Geist ad alone in Colorado, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maine.
Clinton has vowed to push gun control including an assault weapons ban.
"We cannot trust Hillary Clinton with our gun rights or our national security. The stakes in this election for law-abiding gun owners have never been higher, and the NRA will use all available resources to ensure that voters understand the consequences of a Hillary Clinton presidency on their fundamental right of self-defense," said Chris W. Cox, chairperson of the NRA-PVF.
"By saying that the Supreme Court got it wrong in the historic Heller decision, Hillary made it clear that she does not believe Americans have the right to keep a gun in their home to protect themselves."
Geist led the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 that saved the lives of 25 people and is the co-author of "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi."
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org