Ex-Trump Adviser Brags About Creating Products Used to Deter Protesters

Cory Mills, a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Florida, released an ad Thursday speaking about a riot control munitions company he founded, and said that if the media "wants to shed some real tears," he can "help them out."

Mills, who previously served as a Department of Defense adviser 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. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, he "came home" and "started a company making riot control munitions for law enforcement."

"You may know some of our work," he added.

GOP Candidate Brags About Creating Anti-Protest Products
In a new ad, Cory Mills, a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Florida, said if the media "wants to shed some real tears" he can "help them out."Above, demonstrators clash with police in Seattle on June 8, 2020. David Ryder

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 "radical left protesters" in Philadelphia.

"And now the liberal media is crying about it," Mills continues. "I'm Cory Mills and I approve this message, because if the media wants to shed some real tears, I can help them out with that."

Newsweek has reached out to 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 utilized by the Department of Defense and state and federal health departments," Mills stated. "I for one, am thankful that our officers have less lethal options available to ensure 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 the bullets made by the company, ALS, in 2020.

Mills told Politico that PACEM "has never supplied the Chinese government."

"ALS sold less-lethal munitions to the independent government of Hong Kong under the 'one country, two systems' process before PACEM acquired it. We have discontinued any and all sales to Hong Kong since China eradicated 'one country, two systems,'" he added.

Mills is running to fill the seat that will be vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy in Florida's 7th Congressional District, and will face off against other members of the GOP in a primary this August.

An analysis from poll tracker FiveThirtyEight in late April found that Republicans' lead over Democrats in the generic congressional ballot has continued to increase ahead of the midterms in November.