The ad was launched by Priorities USA, a political action committee backing former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, last week. It displays Trump making a series of comments downplaying the coronavirus outbreak alongside a chart of the rising circumstances within the US.
Throughout the video, quotes are performed verbatim from the president, together with when he stated ‘We have it totally under control,’ ‘One day it’s like a miracle, it is going to disappear,’ ‘We really think we’ve performed an awesome job in keeping it down to a minimal’ and ‘I like this stuff. I really get it.’
In response, Trump’s lawyers sent a cease and desist order to TV broadcast stations across the country to stop them from playing the ad.
In the letter, the president’s lawyers call the ad ‘patently false, misleading and deceptive because of an edit in the video of Trump saying ‘Coronavirus. This is their new hoax,’ during a campaign speech in South Carolina. However, during the actual speech, Trump also brands the impeachment inquiry and investigation into Russian meddling hoaxes.
The quote of Trump calling coronavirus a hoax within the ad was spliced collectively from an extended rant he made on the rally, which noticed him inform supporters: ‘Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the nice jobs, you say, “How’s President Trump doing?”, “Oh, nothing, nothing.” They don’t have any clue, they don’t have any clue.’
‘They can’t even count their votes in Iowa, they can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes. One of my people got here up to me and said , “Mr President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.” That didn’t work out too properly. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on an ideal dialog,’ Trump continued, referring to his phone call with the Ukrainian president.
‘They tried anything, they tried it over and over, they’ve been doing it since he received in. It’s all turning, they misplaced. It’s all turning, think of it, think of it. And that is their new hoax,’”
‘Your station has an obligation to cease and desist from airing (the commercial) immediately to comply with FCC licensing requirements, to serve the public interest, and to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation,’ the letter from Trump’s legal professionals reads.
The letter goes on to say: ‘Your station has a duty to “protect the public from false, misleading or deceptive advertising”…your failure to take away this misleading ad…might put your station’s license in jeopardy.’
Priorities USA is pushing again towards the president and is constant to run the ad in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The group mentioned they are going to be airing the business in Arizona over the following few weeks as properly.
‘The fact that Trump is going to such great lengths to keep the American people from hearing his own words adds to the urgency of communicating them far and wide,’ mentioned Priorities USA Chairman Guy Cecil mentioned in an announcement.
‘Trump doesn’t need voters to know the reality. We is not going to be intimidated. We’ll hold telling them the reality and holding Donald Trump accountable.’
The president has since changed his view on the outbreak and appears to finally be taking it seriously after White House health officials reportedly told him that up to 200,000 could die from the virus. Trump recently extended the national social distancing order to the end of April – a decision he is said to have made after seeing the projections.
As of Wednesday morning, more than 4,050 Americans have died from Covid-19 and over 188,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed.