Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s new television commercial apparently didn’t win him many new friends on the other side of the partisan aisle.
Trump released his provocative first TV ad early Monday morning. The ad’s narrator declared that last month’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, justified Trump’s call to temporarily bar all Muslim immigrants and tourists from entering the US.
“The politicians can pretend it’s something else, but Donald Trump calls it ‘radical Islamic terrorism,'” the narrator said as the apparent image of an immigration line was transposed with one of the terrorists.
Multiple Democratic groups said they found the ad offensive. Priorities USA, the main super PAC supporting Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, released a statement calling the ad “disgusting.”
“Donald Trump’s new ad is more of the same disgusting and offensive demagoguery we’ve come to expect from the GOP front-runner,” said the PAC’s communications director, Justin Barasky, who further blasted Trump’s rivals for their “political cowardice” in pledging to support Trump if he becomes the nominee.
The national Democratic Party was also unimpressed with the Trump ad. The Democratic National Committee released a statement from spokesman Mark Paustenbach that similarly went after both Trump and his Republican rivals.
“GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s offensive ad is the latest Republican demonstration of xenophobia and fearmongering,” Paustenbach said. “His proposals represent Republican Party values that would only serve to make America less safe.”
The ad can be viewed below:
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