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The White House blows up Virginia Dem's candidacy, which Trump compares to Osama Bin Laden



The White House on Thursday sued a Democratic candidate for the US House in Virginia over a new campaign that President Donald Trump compared to Osama Bin Laden.

Dan Helmer, a veteran of the Iraq war running in Virginia's 10th congressional district, is confronted with a digital and television advertisement that states, "After September 11, the biggest threat to our democracy lives in a cave." Laden, the notorious Al Qaeda leader behind the September 11 terrorist attacks, flashed across the screen.

"Today he lives in the White House, nobody, not even the president, is above the law," the ad continues as a picture of President Trump's inauguration appears.

  PHOTO: Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is seen in Afghanistan in this April 1998 file photo AP Photo
In this April 1998 photo, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is in Afghanistan too see. 19659007] The White House condemned the ad and asked the House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., To do the same.

"The message sent in an election campaign by a Virginia congressional candidate is nothing short of reprehensible," White House deputy spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement. "Leaders across the political spectrum – beginning with Leader Pelosi – must quickly condemn this vile message."

Helmer did not respond directly to the White House on Thursday.

"Our democracy deserves to be defended, I have spent my life in our overseas wars too, and I take the oath I have sworn to defend our country," wrote Helmer in one Message to ABC News. "It is disgusting that President Trump does not take his oath seriously to defend our constitution."

  PHOTO: MEP Barbara Comstock, R-Va., Attends the bipartisan Heroin Task Force Press Conference on the publication of the 2018 Law Agenda for the 115th Congress on January 10, 2018. Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call / Getty Images
Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va, attends the bipartite Heroin Taskforce News Conference on the publication of the 2018 Legislative Agenda for the 115th Congress on January 10, 2018.

Helmers campaign says it spends $ 500,000 to spread the ad, which began on Thursday on broadcast and digital platforms.

"With this ad, we teamed up with others like Thomas Friedman and Republican Senator Jeff Flake and set the alarm for President Trump's threat to our democracy," wrote Helmers campaign manager Bonnie Krenz in a statement to ABC News.

Rep. Helmut's Republican opponent, Barbara Comstock, R-Va., Was to win the Democratic pre-election campaign won on June 12, calling the Democrat's ad in a statement on Twitter "outrageous" and "beyond evil."


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