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GOP Lawmaker To Addict In Jail: ‘Think You’re Having a Hard Time?’ I’m Getting Hit With $5M In Negative Ads

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GOP Lawmaker To Addict In Jail: ‘Think You’re Having a Hard Time?’ I’m Getting Hit With $5M In Negative Ads





Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) is coming under fire for making a tone-deaf remark to a woman in jail who is battling a drug addiction.

Brat was visiting Chesterfield County Jail on Thursday to speak with incarcerated addicts when he found a strange way to relate to their struggles.

The woman told Brat about her fears about life after release from the system. That’s when the Republican lawmaker responded by telling her that his life is also difficult—because of the negative attack ads he faces.

“You think you’re having a hard time—I’ve got $5 million worth of negative ads coming at me,” Brat is heard saying in audio captured by Ben Paviour, a reporter for Richmond’s NPR station. “How do you think I’m feeling? Nothing’s easy. For anybody.”


“You think I’m a congressman, ‘Oh, life’s easy, this guy’s off having steaks every day.’” he continued. “Baloney. I’ve got a daughter, she’s got to deal with that crap on TV every day.”

“So it’s tough,” Brat went on. “No one out there’s got some easy life. Right?”

“And you’ve got it harder,” Brat later acknowledged. “I’m not dismissing that. You’ve got some fierce, real anxiety with coming up with a job or whatever. And what you’ve got to find is a support system.”





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