A new anti-Biden attack ad from the Trump campaign is filled with falsehoods, and ends by mocking the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee praying in a church. Some on social media are slamming the President and his campaign for “anti-religious bigotry” and “demonizing prayer.”
“Deep in the heart of Delaware Joe Biden sits in his basement, alone, hiding, diminished,” the ad begins.
Many Americans are sitting in their basements – that’s where Biden’s office and TV studio are – and they’re sitting alone, and hiding, and diminished, so to speak, as a New York Times opinion column notes. But they are doing so because of Trump’s horrific handling of the pandemic – the worst management of the coronavirus crisis in the world.
The ad goes on to make ludicrous claims, including one that in the ad’s small print cites something from 2013.
It closes with a voiceover claiming, “Biden has no answers,” which is demonstrably false – and projection on Trump’s part.
“And after five decades of failure, he never will,” the narrator says.
The final photo (above) shows the former Vice President, wearing a mask, seated, head down, hands clasped.
As The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel notes, Biden is in a church, praying. “An image meant to make him look defeated/old is of him praying in church!”
Weigel points to the photograph’s source, which says it was taken June 1 at Bethel AME church by an AP photographer.
That day, June 1, for over an hour Biden met “with community leaders at a black church in Delaware,” to discuss the George Floyd protests.
“Donald Trump is the only president in our history to tear gas peaceful Americans and kick a priest out of their church so he could profane it for a photo op,” Joe Biden’s Director of Rapid Response says. “Which makes it unsurprising – but no less sickening – that the Trump campaign just denigrated Joe Biden for praying.”
Here’s what others are saying:
The “stuck in his basement” bit is such a weird line of attack. We’re all stuck in our basements now! Especially the white-collar suburban types the campaigns are trying to reach.
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) August 5, 2020
To Trump, the act of prayer is showing weakness
— #FreeJoeKelly (@RealJacobPerry) August 5, 2020
— Kyle Morse (@Kyle_A_Morse) August 5, 2020
I think we both know no such picture exists
— Jed Oliver (@Jed_Oliver) August 5, 2020
Whoever worked on this is a pro-Biden guy/gal.
— Morehouse (@art_morehouse) August 5, 2020
As a Christian, this offends me.
— O. Okafor 🌐🇳🇬🇺🇸 (@realOOkafor) August 5, 2020
To be fair, Trump thinks Catholics need guns to pray, if his “Catholics love the 2nd Amendment” thing is to be believed.
— Voodont Split Hairs; Black Lives Matter (@VoodontWoW) August 5, 2020
The Trump campaign is now demonizing prayer, I guess! https://t.co/i565FYlrwD
— Tyler McNally (@Tyler_McNally) August 5, 2020
Yep this is a sign of desperation from the Trump campaign ..
— MARY HAMILTON (@MaryHam34145462) August 5, 2020
“Accidentally” gives the Trump campaign way too much credit.
They made this same “mistake” last month, using the image of Biden kneeling in a church.
Pretty sure it’s intentional! https://t.co/KLn7Ntri0n
— Adrienne Watson (@Adrienne_DNC) August 5, 2020
Make no mistake. @realDonaldTrump and his campaign knew exactly what this photo was and used it anyway.
It’s a slap in the face to people of faith. https://t.co/673pq7g5xv
— Matt Fuehrmeyer (@mfuehrme) August 5, 2020
@realDonaldTrump where is your head bowed in prayer pic? Oh, just the holding a bible upside down at St. John’s after gassing peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park for your publicity stunt #TrumpTheSnake 🐍#RepublicansForBiden @ProjectLincoln
— Julie Mahoney – Child & Adolescent Therapist (@asecurebase) August 5, 2020
McConnell’s re-election campaign slapped with FEC flag over suspected accounting errors
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) re-election campaign is facing scrutiny from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and he is now being required to answer questions regarding suspected accounting errors.
The letter and a 60-page report, written by FEC campaign analyst Susan Worthington to McConnell’s Senate Committee, were sent to McConnell’s campaign treasurer, Larry J. Steinberg on Monday. The committee pointed out “Apparent Excessive, Prohibited, and Impermissible Contributions” regarding donations recorded in McConnell’s July quarterly report that suggests multiple contributions may have exceeded the legal limits.
Fox News analyst slams Trump for visit to Ginsburg’s casket: ‘Maybe it’s to get the boos’
Fox News analyst Chris Stirewalt was bewildered on Thursday after President Donald Trump showed up at the Supreme Court to pay his respects to former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
As Trump appeared next to Ginsburg's casket, the crowd could be heard jeering the president.
"I don't know why he went," a confused Stirewalt said. "He didn't go to John Lewis' memoriam. He wasn't there for that stuff. And for good reason. Right? These people don't want him there. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's folks don't want him there. It's going to be an ugly scene."
"I guess, he's the president. He can go where ever he wants," the Fox News contributor added. "And he has security so that he can go do it. But you just wonder what the political calculation was here in going to a place where you know you will be received poorly, going to a place where you know the folks there don't want you to be."
BUSTED: ‘Real people’ in pro-Trump Facebook testimonials are actually Republican operatives
On Thursday, Gizmodo revealed that many of the Trump supporters identified as "real people whose lives have been positively impacted by President Trump’s policies" in the president's Facebook ads are actually Republican candidates and operatives.
"Take this ad that is currently running on Facebook," reported Matt Novak. "It shows Kim Sherk, who’s not identified by name in the ad, and yet is the president of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women. A Georgia newspaper, the Marietta Daily Journal recognized Sherk, which might be why these ads are running in states like California, Illinois, and Mississippi, according to the Facebook ad library, rather than her home state of Georgia ... the ad never identifies Sherk as a political operative, let alone one who’s visited the White House, as we can see from a photo posted to the Cobb County Republican Party website."