Trump Camp Threatens Local TV Stations Over Democratic Ad

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President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is threatening legal action against local TV stations in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin if they don’t pull a Democratic anti-Trump commercial that uses clips of the president talking about the coronavirus outbreak. The campaign says the ad is false.

Priorities USA Action Fund, the Democratic super political action committee that created the 30-second spot and supported Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, responded by soliciting financial contributions to keep the ad on the airwaves.

Trump’s campaign said the commercial contains the “false assertion” that Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax.”

The ad strings together audio of recent comments by Trump in which he attempts to minimize the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, including a snippet in which he says, “This is their new hoax.”

Trump’s campaign said Wednesday that it had delivered “cease and desist” letters to the stations demanding that they pull the ad or face legal action. The stations were not named in a news release announcing the action or in a copy of the letter accessed by a hyperlink included in the emailed release.

Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, tweeted Wednesday that Trump wants to block the ad “because he doesn’t want Americans to know the truth.” He included a link for donations to pay to keep the ad on the air.

Priorities USA said Thursday that the ad will begin airing in Arizona.

Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are among the states where Trump is spending heavily in his bid to win a second term.

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11 COMMENTS

    • Remember what the Democrat amalakites want to do to us when you vote in 2020. Remember how they want more dead Americans just to blame Trump and grab power.Remember these murderers .!!

  1. Remember the accursed CNN MSNBC Slimes and demonrats when we vote in a few months. Understand how they’re using a plague to harass our president but don’t give a darn about human beings. See how they refuse to come together at this time to fight this plague, but only play lying politics. Remember amalek but erase his name.

  2. The problem as I see it is that there is a state of emergency and these adds are on the very topic of the emergency. It is uncomfortably close to “yelling fire in a crowded theatre”. How people see a message is tricky. It is almost as if they are advertising that the government is giving advice to ignore the whole virus thing as a hoax. Note the similar case in Israel where the trashing Netanyahu has led to such things as the headline:

    > Quarantine Violator Says She “Listened To Yair Lapid

    as she is quoted as saying:

    > “I listened to Lapid. I understood that there are different opinions here. There are politicians who said to go out.”

  3. Trump wanting to run from his own videoed comments reminds me of what Torah says in the context of loshon hora…once spoken words cannot be brought back.

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