BuzzFeed News’s fact-checking organization, Snopes, has cast serious doubt on a new attack ad against U.S. Senate candidate Pat McCrory by his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Roy Cooper.
The “Breaking Away” commercial first featured language pulled from a Time magazine article from July of 2016, when McCrory was still in office and Cooper was chairman of the state Democratic Party.
The initial version of the ad described protesters that included looters and looters as “masked gunmen” that “downright thug” Chief Justice Roy Moore lost his job over.
Moore, a Republican, is currently running for the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
CNN reported Thursday that as soon as the ad began running, Time ripped into McCrory, saying he “wrongly attacked (Moore’s) character.” Time also linked to an article that fact-checked the ad and said the comment “was defamatory and misleading.”
The CNN report also said more “opposition research” tools from the past allowed “Turning Point USA, Cooper’s super PAC, to edit the ad in a way that made its claims about McCrory’s record much more aggressive than what’s in the public record.”
So it turns out McCrory, a Republican, “grew” his support for protesters and protesters themselves over time.
Unfortunately for Cooper, a “turning point” seems to happen just when he unshackles his baton. Either way, his gutting of McCrory’s attacks on Moore is part of a broader shift to attack Republicans instead of Democrats.
In fact, polling now says a majority of voters prefer Democratic control of Congress over GOP control.
Also according to multiple polls, voters don’t trust Cooper and his Democratic Party.
According to Rasmussen Reports, McCrory’s job approval rating is 23 percent.
According to the Quinnipiac University poll, 46 percent of voters trust Cooper, or Johnson, to keep the state and country safe.
And 46 percent of voters trust McCrory, or Johnson, to protect the environment.
Brynn Gingras is a FOX News correspondent based in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter: @bgingras