Conservative group The Lincoln Project, which was started by George Conway, the husband of President Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, has released a scathing new anti-Trump ad. Never one to pull punches, the the Super PAC’s campaign has taken its messaging to the next level by calling Trump an outright “coward” for threatening to use the U.S. military to attack peaceful protesters marching against police brutality.
The week-long protests were sparked by the brutal murder of George Floyd on May 25 by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who held his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes. Threes of those minutes Floyd was unconscious. His final words of “I can’t breathe” has now become a rallying cry for protesters globally.
Chauvin, originally charged with third-degree murder, which is killing without intent, saw those charges upgraded to second-degree murder Wednesday and the three other cops – Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane are also in custody.
The ad begins with an Associated Press headline—”Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged”—flashes on the screen, an announcer says ‘When Donald Trump came out of hiding this week, he didn’t do it to bring us together or heal the nation. He wasn’t there to offer words of calm and comfort. Instead, he became what we always feared,’”
The ad also calls out Trump for using the Bible as a prop during a photo op in front of a church—after clearing the way with tear gas.Watch below:
A second spot, backed by a $500,000 ad buy, will air in the key battleground states of Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan as well as in Washington, DC. The ad, entitled “Flag of Treason,” targets the support Trump has received from white nationalist groups.
The Lincoln Project is led by a high-profile team of anti-Trump Republicans. In addition to Conway, the advisors include John Weaver, Rick Wilson and Reed Galen. Former Mitt Romney strategist Stuart Stevens recently joined the group.
Their goal is for Trump to lose reelection — last month the group ran an ad endorsing Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee — but getting under Trump’s skin is an added benefit for the group.
SOURCE: The Lincoln Project