‘You Think You’re Having A Hard Time?’ Brat Compares Addiction To Attack Ads

ASHLAND, VA - APRIL 26: College economics professor and Republican candidate for Congress David Brat is shown on the campus of Randolph-Macon College April 26, 2014 in Ashland, Virginia. Brat went on to a surprise d... ASHLAND, VA - APRIL 26: College economics professor and Republican candidate for Congress David Brat is shown on the campus of Randolph-Macon College April 26, 2014 in Ashland, Virginia. Brat went on to a surprise defeat of incumbent House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the June 10 primary. (Photo by Jay Paul/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 18, 2018 10:52 a.m.

While meeting with an addiction support group of inmates at the Chesterfield County Jail, Rep. David Brat (R-VA) downplayed an inmate’s addiction worries in comparison to his own trials being the subject of attack ads.

According to a Thursday ThinkProgress report, his comments came as a response to a female inmate’s concern about issues she would face when she left prison.

“You think you’re having a hard time. I’ve got $5 million of negative ads against me. How do you think I’m feeling?” he said.

“Nothing’s easy for anyone. You think I’m a congressman. Oh, life’s easy, this guy’s off having steaks,” he continued. “I got a daughter, she’s gotta deal with this crap on TV every day. No one out there’s got some easy life. And you’ve got it hard, I’m not dismissing that. You’ve got some fears, real anxiety coming up with a job, and whatever. And what you’ve got to find is a support system.”

Brat is running in a tight race against Democrat Abigail Spanberger.

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