For Immediate Release

June 3, 2018


Tells President Trump He is Not Above the Law

Sterling, VA – This morning, Dan Helmer, candidate for Congress in Virginia’s 10th district, appeared on Fox & Friends, and is widely seen to have “stomped” the Fox News host interviewing him.

The interview was prompted by Helmer’s new campaign ad, which began airing on TV and digital platforms last week. In the ad, Helmer states, “After 9/11, the greatest threat to our democracy lived in a cave. Today, he lives in the White House. No one, even the President, is above the law.”

Despite repeated interruptions from the Fox & Friends host, Pete Hegseth, Helmer successfully delivered his message: the President is not above the law. This message is particularly timely, given the memo from Trump’s lawyers saying exactly that. Helmer also talked about his proposal for a Medicare for All Option and how the NRA’s funding of politicians, including Barbara Comstock, has led to loopholes in our gun laws.

Raw Story said “Fox & Friends host has his lunch eaten by Dem candidate — and it’s beautiful.”

The assessment of another reporter was that Helmer “Stomps Pete Hegseth in Train Wreck Interview.”

When asked by Fox & Friends’ Pete Hegseth about the ad, Helmer said that on 9/11, “I was a cadet at West Point and I knew I was going to be spending the next two years preparing to lead soldiers in combat, and I served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. And I did it for a simple reason: I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against enemies foreign and domestic.”

Helmer continued, “The oath that we took to defend the Constitution, I take seriously. This president doesn’t. And one of the reasons that I’m excited to be here on a show that I know that the president watches every morning is to make sure we deliver a message that change is coming, that no one, not even our president, is above the law. And it’s time to make sure that we have a Congress that holds him accountable.”

Last week, the White House issued a statement criticizing the ad. Principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said, "The message sent in a campaign ad from a congressional candidate from Virginia is nothing short of reprehensible."

The Helmer campaign responded: "What is reprehensible is the way this President has failed to uphold his oath of office, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Dan Helmer takes threats to our democracy seriously... With this ad, we have joined others such as Thomas Friedman, former CIA director John Brennan, and Republican Senator Jeff Flake, sounding the alarm about the threat to our democracy that President Trump poses."