Trump is trying to ban this ad about his coronavirus response so please don't share it

Greg Evans
Thursday 26 March 2020 08:30
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A new advert which uses Donald Trump's own words about the coronavirus outbreak has angered the president's campaign team so much that they are trying to get it banned.

The ad, which has been made by anti-Trump super PAC called Priorities USA focuses on how slowly the president reacted to the pandemic and the number of lives they believe he has put at risk due to his own negligence.

The 30-second advert features a simple graph which starts on January 20 and slowly shows how many confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the US since then, soundtracked by a series of Trump quotes, claiming that his administration has everything under control and that the crisis would be over shortly.

Of course, this hasn't been the case at all and the US now has more than 54,000 cases since the virus arrived in the country, leaving Trump with easily the biggest domestic test of his entire presidency.

This scathing new advert, which was released on Monday, has now been viewed more than 4 million times on Twitter and shared by a number high profile accounts.

As you can see, Trump and his team are pretty irate about this advert and are trying to sue the makers and get it taken off the airwaves.

In a letter to TV stations, which can be read here, claims the ad is 'false, misleading and deceptive' and that it:

Stitched together fragments from multiple speeches by President Trump to fraudulently and maliciously imply that President Trump called the coronavirus outbreak a ‘hoax.’

They also take umbrage with the use of the word, which Trump has been using in reference to the Democrats response to the virus but not specifically Covid-19. However, doesn't explicitly make out that Trump was calling it a hoax either but just uses the quote: "This is their new hoax."

It seems the campaign's attempts to quash the advert will backfire as more and more people are now likely to see it, especially as Josh Schwerin, the senior strategist and communications director for Priorities USA, wants to "make sure as many people see the ad as possible."

The United States has now recorded more than 1,000 coronavirus related deaths. As recently as Tuesday, the president indicated that social distancing could end very soon and hopes to have people in 'packed' churches by Easter Sunday.

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