President Donald Trump’s campaign is freaking out after the group Priorities USA used the president’s own words against him on his response to the coronavirus.
The president was slow to act on the crisis, thinking that barring anyone from China from coming into the United States somehow saved the county. The virus didn’t observe borders, however. People beyond China contracted the virus and those came in contact with Americans or flew to the United States where the virus continued to spread.
Still, Trump refused to act, saying that it was nothing more than a flu. Even during a briefing yesterday, Wednesday, March 24, Trump, again, compared it to the flu and to car accidents.
“We have a lot of people dying from the flu, as you know,” Trump told reporters. “It looks like it could be over 50,000,” he said about the current flu season. He later had to clarify that he was talking about deaths from the flu, “not cases, 50,000 deaths, which is a lot.”
“[W]e don’t shut down our economy because tens of thousands of people die on the highways. It’s a risk we accept so we can move about,” Trump also said.
And yet, the Trump campaign are trying to block people from hearing the president’s own words on the coronavirus with a cease and desist order to Priorities USA.
“The Trump campaign is trying to bully TV stations into taking our ad down,” said Josh Schwerin, communications strategist at the org. “They are not going to be successful because it is literally Trump in his own words. Let’s make sure as many people as possible see this ad.”
The Trump campaign is trying to bully TV stations into taking our ad down. They are not going to be successful because it is literally Trump in his own words. Let’s make sure as many people as possible see this ad. https://t.co/XgPzHKld4m
— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) March 25, 2020
It may serve to work against Trump in the end. Trying to block the video seems to have inspired more people to share it.
The Trump campaign seriously just issued a cease and desist for this ad so I'm doing my part and sharing it as widely as humanly possible.pic.twitter.com/2Tbu6MFqtp
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) March 26, 2020
The trump campaign sent a cease and desist letter to Priorities USA for this ad. So I’m retweeting it. pic.twitter.com/0Q1QO9TeQT
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) March 26, 2020
Donald Trump is so desperate to keep you from seeing this ad that his campaign sent a cease and desist letter to television stations insisting that they not air it, so whatever you do DO NOT share it. pic.twitter.com/HZxMImpHu8
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) March 26, 2020