President Donald Trump accused his rival Joe Biden in the upcoming 2020 general election of ‘running false ads’ less than two weeks after the presumptive Democratic candidate unveiled his first commercials for the November contest.
Trump responded to the former vice president’s ads in a tweet Sunday night.
‘Corrupt Joe Biden’s team is running false ads. Almost everything in them is a knowing lie, just the opposite of what they are saying, & very much like their Fake News partners!’ wrote the president on Twitter.
Trump offered no other specifics in his tweets to clarify what was false about the ads, or why he considered them to be untruthful.
President Donald Trump (pictured outside the White House) accused his rival Joe Biden in the upcoming 2020 general election of ‘running false ads’ less than two weeks after the presumptive Democratic candidate unveiled his first commercials for the November contest
Trump responded to the former vice president’s ads in a tweet Sunday night
Trump offered no other specifics in his tweets to clarify what was false about Biden’s ads, or why he considered them to be untruthful. Biden is pictured at a campaign event in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, last week
Biden less than two weeks earlier had debuted his first general election advertising blitz.
The presumptive Democratic candidate spent $15 million to target six states President Trump won in 2016.
Biden’s first television ad uses footage from Trump’s infamous walk across Lafayette Park, minutes after ‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters were forcibly removed, so he could hold up a Bible in front of St. John’s church on June 1.
The words in the ad came from the speech Biden gave a day later in Philadelphia, where he pledged to ‘seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued this country.’
‘Not use them for political gain,’ the Democratic candidate said.
The first new ad, titled ‘Unite Us,’ also featured visuals from the Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ march – which attracted KKK members, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists to the Virginia town in August 2017.
Biden has often criticized Trump saying that there were ‘very find people on both sides.’ Trump has said he was defending those who showed up who were against the removal of the town’s Robert E. Lee statue.
The first TV ad shared by the Biden campaign includes footage of President Trump’s infamous photo-op in front of St. John’s church in Washington. The move was controversial because protesters were forcibly cleared from in front of the church just minutes before
Joe Biden’s first ad of the general election campaign includes grainy footage of President Trump’s controversial walk across Lafayette park, moments after protesters were cleared out using tear gas and pepper balls, for a photo-op in front of St. John’s church
The ad shows recent images of the Black Live Matter protests – and Trump’s reaction to them: military police in full gear guarding the Lincoln Memorial.
The new spot also contains footage from Biden’s time on the campaign trail, before he was relegated to his basement rec room due to the coronavirus crisis.
A second ad also borrows its voiceover from Biden’s Philadelphia speech, but focuses on shoring up the American middle class.
Joe Biden’s first ad also showcases imagery of the new wave of ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests that took place around the country after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd. In the ad he promises to ‘seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued this country’
The ads also depict presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on the campaign trail before the coronavirus crisis. Since early March, Biden has had to campaign mainly from his basement rec room
‘The moment has come to deal with the denial of a promise of this nation made to so many. Because if it weren’t clear before it’s clear now, this country wasn’t built by Wall Street bankers and CEOs, it was built by the great American middle class,’ Biden says.
‘Healthcare workers, docs, nurses, delivery truck drivers, grocery store workers, we’ve come up with a new phrase for them – essential workers,’ he continues. ‘We need to do more than praise them, we need to pay them.’
Patrick Bonsignore, the director of paid media for the campaign, described Biden’s Philadelphia speech as a ‘searing address.’
‘It was an address that Donald Trump could never give,’ he said in a statement.
A third campaign ad is in Spanish and deals with Trump’s handling of the coronavirus and the economy.
TV and digital ads were to run in Pennsylvania – the state Biden was born – Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida and Arizona.
The campaign also planned to run them nationally on cable, including Fox News Channel.
Spanish-language advertising was to be targeted to Arizona and Florida, which have higher Latino populations.
Biden’s campaign also planned to mark the Juneteenth holiday on June 19 by spending six-figures in advertising in African-American print products and radio programs in those six swing states.