Cory Mills, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Florida, posted an ad on Thursday talking about a riot munitions company he founded, and said that if the media “wants to shed real tears,” he can ” help them”.
Mills, who previously served as an adviser to the Department of Defense under former President Donald Trump, is the co-founder of PACEM Solutions, a company whose tear gas was used against Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020, according to a Politico report from ‘april.
In the ad, Mills noted that after serving in the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan, he “went home” and “started a company making riot control munitions for law enforcement. “.
“You may know some of our work,” he added.
The video then cuts to footage of tear gas being deployed against “Hillary Clinton protesters” in Charlotte, North Carolina, “left-wing protesters” in Phoenix, “antifa rioters” in Washington, D.C. and “protesters radical left” in Philadelphia.
“And now the liberal media is crying about it,” Mills continues. “I’m Cory Mills and I approve of this message, because if the media wants to shed real tears, I can help them.”
Newsweek contacted the Mills campaign for comment.
In his response to Politico last month, Mills said his company was “proud” to sell tear gas to law enforcement in 2020.
“Products like tear gas are sanctioned and used by the Department of Defense and state and federal health departments,” Mills said. “I, for one, am grateful that our officers have less lethal options to maintain order and preserve lives.”
Politico also noted that PACEM purchased a company that sold rubber bullets that were photographed after being used against protesters in Hong Kong. the Hong Kong Free Press reported on bullets manufactured by the ALS company in 2020.
Mills told Politico that PACEM “never supplied the Chinese government.”
“ALS sold less lethal munitions to the Hong Kong Independent Government under the ‘one country, two systems’ process before PACEM acquired it. We have halted all sales to Hong Kong since China eradicated” one country, two systems.” “ he added.
Mills is running for the seat that will be vacated by retired Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy in Florida’s 7th congressional district, and will face other GOP members in a primary in August.
Analysis by poll tracker FiveThirtyEight in late April found that Republicans’ lead over Democrats in the generic Congressional ballot continued to grow ahead of the midterms in November.