Miami – A former high-tech executive has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in a last ditch effort to derail Donald Trump’s presidential bid, with a doctored YouTube clip of the Republican candidate aimed squarely at Florida’s Jewish community.
The ad, paid for by Truth Pac, shows Trump at a campaign rally in December 2015, reading from a statement where he called for a ban on Muslim immigration until further clarification can be made regarding Muslim hatred of the United States.
The Truth Pac ad that aired in Florida, however, substituted the word “Jews” for “Muslims” and has Trump saying “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Jews entering the United States.” The ad continued with graphics that explain that just a single word was changed in Trump’s statement and that a Republican win in the presidential election must be prevented in order to ensure the safety of every United States citizen.
The 15 second ad has received over 29,000 views since it was posted to YouTube on Friday.
A similar ad that ran in Utah, changed the word “Muslims” to “Mormons,” and has been viewed more than 21,000 times over the same time period.
There were more than 35,000 YouTube views for another Truth Pac ad, which stopped Trump mid sentence and featured a rolling list of groups that could be potentially be banned including atheists, Baptists, Catholics, Italians, Jews, Mexicans, Pakistanis, African Americans and Amish.
A fourth Truth Pac ad expressed concern about Trump’s possible connections to Russia and charged that Trump is being controlled by Putin. An image of a stringed marionette bearing the Republican presidential candidate’s smiling visage categorized Trump as “Putin’s puppet.”
Truth PAC was founded just three days ago by former Microsoft and Oracle executive Dick Brass to prevent a Trump victory on Election Day. Brass said that he hoped that his ads might influence undecided Jewish and Mormon voters.
“There are large numbers of people in both of those demographics who have suffered terrible oppression in the history of their cultures,” Brass told The Huffington Post. “They should be concerned that a president who is willing to ban Muslims might be willing to do other terrible things too.”