Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is airing a new TV ad in South Carolina that features the husband of one of the nine Emanuel AME Church shooting victims.
The Rev. Anthony Thompson, whose wife Myra was killed at the church, describes receiving a phone call about what transpired the night of June 17.
He goes on to endorse Clinton as “standing with the president to get stronger gun laws so no family has to go through anything like this again.”
Since the June 17 shooting, Thompson has focused his grief on supporting gun control measures. So when Clinton staffers showed up at his house in mid-January, “I was a little surprised,” he admitted. “But I like her platform, and she is saying the same thing she said before.”
The message lists her support for expanded background checks and closing the so-called Charleston loophole in which admitted gunman Dylann Roof purchased a handgun when he shouldn’t have been able to after the background check waiting period had expired.
The ad will begin airing statewide in South Carolina starting this weekend.
It shows Thompson on his front porch in a white rocking chair. Beside him sits an empty one. Thompson’s sister had given them the chairs just weeks before Myra was killed.
Jennifer Berry Hawes contributed to this report.