They bill themselves as “the only Official Pro-Trump Super PAC,” and they’re closely tied to President Donald Trump.
America First Action’s chairwoman is former Trump cabinet member Linda McMahon, who was the Small Business Administrator. Its Communications Director, Kelly Sadler, served in the Trump White House as Special Assistant to the President. And former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was the group’s Senior Advisor and Spokesman, although his name no longer appears on its leadership page.
Now America First Action is demanding TV stations in key battleground states stop running a hard-hitting ad from an anti-Trump Super PAC that goes after the president for his poor performance and lies on the coronavirus pandemic, as The Hill reports.
Attorneys for America First Action say the ad (below), from Priorities USA is misleading. They claim the ad says Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax,” while they insist he did not.
“Priorities USA’s doctored footage is not only deceptive and misleading, but false,” say the attorneys.
The ad, called “Exponential Threat,” uses Trump’s own words.
“On behalf of our client, America First Policies, Inc., we formally demand that your station refuse to air this advertisement,” the lawyers say.
But Priorities USA says America First doesn’t “even have standing to complain about our ads and stations are immediately rejecting their complaint and are continuing to run the spot.”
“We stand by the facts in the ad and will continue to make sure that Donald Trump is held accountable for his words and actions that are making this crisis even worse,” says Priorities USA strategist Josh Schwerin.
Priorities USA is planning on spending $6 million to run the ad.
“The coronavirus,” Trump can be heard saying as the ad, which uses clips of Trump talking, opens. He then says: “This is their new hoax.”
“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China.”
“One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
“When you have 15 people and within a couple of days is gonna be down to close to zero.”
“We really think we’ve done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum.”
“I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand.”
“No, I don’t take responsibility at all.”
Florida seniors are ‘highly susceptible’ to coronavirus — which could hurt Trump’s reelection chances
On Monday, The Washington Post examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older voters' politics, and in particular how it is hurting President Donald Trump with the critical demographic in Florida — a state that is almost mandatory for the president to win for a second term.
"While Democrats have worried about Biden’s struggles to excite younger voters, older voters who are upset with the president are poised to be potentially more influential in November, especially in swing states whose populations skew their way, like Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin," reported Jenna Johnson and Lori Rozsa. "In Florida, more than 20 percent of those who voted in the 2016 election were over age 65, according to exit polls. In 2016, Trump won the Florida senior vote by a 17-point margin over Clinton, according to exit polls. The state ranks as one Trump must almost certainly win to insure his victory, while Biden has other paths to the White House."
Lawmakers discussing possibility that ‘freaked out’ Trump won’t accept election loss
President Donald Trump's increasing attacks on election integrity have raised new alarms about his efforts to delegitimize the results in November.
Just as he did in 2016, Trump has been flinging baseless accusations of "rigged" elections and has, as president, threatened to withhold funding from Michigan and Nevada for going ahead with plans to allow voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, reported Politico.
"He is planting the seeds for delegitimizing the election if he loses," said Vanita Gupta, a former head of Justice Department’s civil rights division under President Barack Obama. "It’s from the playbook. It’ll get more intense as he gets more freaked out."
‘Un-American’ anti-lockdown protesters hammered by Army veteran for appropriating military gear to make their point
In a Memorial Day column for the Washington Post, military vet Drew Garza -- who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan among other deployments -- hammered anti-lockdown protesters who have appropriated a quasi-military style of dress while sometimes carrying "un-American" flags at lockdown rallies.
According to the U.S. Army vet who is now a Tillman scholar at George Washington University, protesters who adorn themselves in military-style garb while carrying high-powered weapons to protest stay-at-home orders designed to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is a personal affront to those who have actually served.