Dozens of National Security Veterans Decry Racist and Bigoted Attack Ad

WASHINGTON, DC — Dozens of national security veterans—including those who served across government and for presidents of both parties—today in a public statement condemned an attack ad targeting Ammar Campa-Najjar, a candidate in California’s 50th Congressional District.

The ad, produced and released last week by his opponent’s campaign, took aim not at Campa-Najjar’s policies, but his heritage. It focused on the fact that his biological grandfather, who died 16 years before Campa-Najjar’s birth, was a member of a Palestinian terrorist organization. The ad goes on to deem Campa-Najjar a “security risk” and describes him as a “Mexican Palestinian Millennial Democrat,” accusing him of seeking to “infiltrate” Congress on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The 70 former national security officials said in the statement: “The ad is short on facts but long on some of the darkest forces of our society—bigotry, xenophobia, and racism.” They continued: “Campa-Najjar, like all of us, has served his country as a public official and worked on behalf of his fellow citizens with dedication and honor. That’s precisely why the baseless allegation that he is somehow a ‘security threat’ is an affront to our professionalism as national security experts, our American values, and our collective national dignity.”

Ned Price