NRSC drops new political ad blaming Democrats for riots

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee has dropped a new political ad blaming Democratic lawmakers for encouraging riots in cities across the country.

The ad released Wednesday uses clips of Democratic lawmakers, who appear to be egging on intense street protests against Republicans, and intersperses news coverage of riots in Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, with incidents of protesters swarming Republicans at the president’s nomination acceptance speech in Washington, D.C.

“Democrats invited it,” the ad’s voice-over opens. “Another night of violent protests … continuing across the country. Let’s get one thing straight. Bringing Molotov cocktails to public gatherings is not a peaceful protest.”