Marine Corps veteran Mark Geist knows what America needs. The survivor of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, makes that very clear in a new ad produced by the National Rifle Association that supports Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“A lot of people say they’re not going to vote this November because their candidate didn’t win,” Geist says in the ad.
“Well, I know some other people who won’t be voting this year either,” he adds as he walks through a cemetery, a visual reminder of the four Americans who were killed in the Benghazi attack.
“Hillary as president? No thanks,” Geist says. “I served in Benghazi. My friends didn’t make it. They did their part. Do yours.”
The ad, entitled, “Stop Clinton, Vote Trump,” marks the NRA’s first foray into the 2016 campaign as it embarks on a $2 million ad campaign to support Trump, who it has endorsed. The ad will appear inbattleground states including Colorado, Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Geist, who helped to write 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi, endorsed Trump in February.
“Under President Trump, many conflicts will be avoided because our enemies will fear the United States and our military,” Geist said then.
The ad comes in the wake of the report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which criticized the Obama administration for intelligence failures in the months leading up to the Benghazi attack and also the failure to mobilize military assets to come to the aid of Americans fighting off terrorists in Benghazi.