Yesterday was a bad day for Americans for Prosperity. The group released a tough ad against liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall and were rightfully slammed for unintentionally using a photo from the Aurora Theater shooting press conference. AFP apologized, as they should have. The media recounted the times that using an inappropriate photo has happened to others. Conspicuously absent from the criticism is the unabashed politicizing of the Aurora Theater shooting by Congressman Ed Perlmutter during an online townhall.
We agree that AFP shouldn’t have used that photo, but it was an honest mistake. Perlmutter intentionally used the horrific events in 2012 in an attempt to bolster support for Obamacare. That’s despicable. Here’s the video:
The transcript from the Revealing Politics video:
The Affordable Care Act is in place. The Supreme Court approved its terms…a couple, three weeks ago. And, it will do some things that, in my opinion, needed to be done. It will stop the discrimination against people with prior illnesses or injuries. Or say, some of the folks who were shot in the theater. They would be uninsurable now that they’ve had that wound. But, under the Affordable Care Act, they can’t be discriminated against starting in 2014. [the Peak emphasis]
Perlmutter later apologized, as he also should have, but let’s be crystal clear here – the left has absolutely no moral high ground here. At least AFP’s mistake was honest – Perlmutter’s use was just an ugly attempt to leverage this horrific event to increase support for controversial public policy.