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New Ad Hits Heitkamp For Not Protecting Law Enforcement During Pipeline Protest

"Heidi failed to condemn the violence, failed to protect property rights, [and] failed to defend law enforcement. When we needed her most, Heidi Heitkamp did nothing."

By NTK Staff | 10.02.2018 @10:31am

The North Dakota Republican Party released a new ad on Tuesday, attacking Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) for not protecting North Dakotans and law enforcement during the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests in 2016.

The 30-second ad, which is titled “Did Nothing,” starts with footage of pipeline protesters confronting police officers.

“Violent radicals terrorized our state during the DAPL protests, setting fires, hurling dangerous explosives. And Heidi Heitkamp? Did nothing,” the ad’s narrator said.

This is followed by a clip of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts (R-NE) saying of the protesters, “They are trespassing on private properties, they’re burning cars, they’re throwing rocks and bottles at law enforcement officers.”

“Heidi failed to condemn the violence, failed to protect property rights, and failed to defend law enforcement. When we needed her most, Heidi Heitkamp did nothing,” the ad’s narrator concluded.

“Heidi Heitkamp sat on the sidelines as violence escalated, property was destroyed, and the lives of North Dakota law enforcement officers were put in harm’s way,” North Dakota Republican Party Communications Director Jake Wilkins said in a statement about the ad. “Heitkamp claims she fights for her state, but when North Dakota needed her most, she was nowhere to be found.”

Heitkamp, who is one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2018, is trailing her Republican challenger Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) by 10 points, according to a poll released on Tuesday.

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