The anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project on Wednesday launched an ad seizing on former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s apparent suggestion that a Myanmar-like coup take place in the U.S., arguing that the Republican Party has “crossed a line.”
The one-minute ad, set to run digitally in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and in the Bedminster, N.J., and New York City media markets Thursday, includes audio from a Dallas conference in which an audience member asked Flynn, “I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can’t happen here?”
Flynn responded, “No reason. I mean, it should happen here.”
The comparison to the military-led coup in Myanmar, which has been followed by a months-long brutal security force crackdown resulting in the deaths of hundreds of people, led to bipartisan outrage against the former Trump administration official.
The Lincoln Project ad following the remarks from Flynn includes footage from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, with a narrator saying, “America has crossed a line.”
“The Republican Party believes in ending the American experiment, led by a man obsessed with power and money who will say and do anything to seize control again,” the ad continues, along with footage of former President Trump, before playing a clip of the ex-commander-in-chief at the February Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) repeating his unsupported claim that the 2020 presidential election “was rigged.”
In a Wednesday press release unveiling the ad, former Republican Party member and Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson said in a statement that the GOP has “embraced a style of politics that favors power over people; fear over freedom; destruction over democracy.”
“The GOP believes in sacrificing our democratic systems at the altar of national populism and authoritarianism,” Wilson added. “This newest indication that a line has been crossed is but another reason The Lincoln Project remains committed to the fight ahead and committed to seeing an end to Trumpism.”
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