The National Rifle Association (NRA) released an ad Tuesday targeting Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGOP challengers hit vulnerable Dems over Trump tax law votes Trump blasts Sessions over criminal charges against GOP lawmakers Sunday shows preview: Washington prepares for Kavanaugh hearings MORE (D-W.Va.) for his stance on gun control and urging votes to support his opponent in November’s midterm elections.
“They want to take away your Second Amendment. You see what’s going on. I don’t think you want your Second Amendment played with,” President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan defends Kaepernick: He didn’t kneel ‘to disrespect our flag’ Trump warns Syria against attack on rebel stronghold: ‘Don’t let that happen’ Omarosa celebrates second week on bestsellers list despite ‘hit-pieces’ from Trump allies MORE says in footage from a rally featured in the ad. “Joe Manchin always voted for Obama. And I like Joe, but Joe doesn’t vote for us.”
“We must elect Patrick Morrisey, we need him,” Trump adds, endorsing the West Virginia attorney general.
The ad also emphasizes Manchin’s D rating from the NRA.
Manchin’s low standing with the NRA is a relatively recent development. The gun-rights advocacy organization endorsed Manchin in 2012.
“Joe Manchin is committed to protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms guaranteed to all Americans,” said chairman of NRA’s Political Victory Fund (PVF) Chris W. Cox at the time.
“His strong dedication and voting record have earned him an ‘A’ rating from the NRA-PVF, and we proudly endorse him for re-election to the U.S. Senate,” he added.
Since 2012, Manchin has slipped lower in the NRA’s esteem as he worked with Sen Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump’s ‘due process’ remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (D-Pa.) to expand federal background checks, though their legislation has failed repeatedly in the Senate.