Donald Trump re-election campaign releases first television ad


Donald Trump re-election campaign releases first television ad
  1. Donald Trump re-election campaign releases first television ad
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    The ad's release comes amid intense criticism of Trump's response to the events in Charlottesville,…
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign released its first television advertisement on Sunday, a 30-second spot that attacks Democrats and touts the accomplishments of his first seven months in office.

The ad’s release comes amid intense criticism of Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a planned rally by white supremacists led to violence that killed a counter-protester.

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Speaking on Saturday from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump stopped short of calling the demonstrators “white supremacists” and instead criticized groups on “many sides.” Even members of his own party said he had failed to adequately condemn those behind the violence.

The new advertisement uses the same video clips, still images and font as one released earlier this year by America First Policies, a political group that is able to secretly raise and spend unlimited sums of money. Trump’s campaign and America First Policies are prohibited by law from coordinating with each other.

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Trump filed for reelection the day he took office, an unusual move that has allowed him to begin campaigning long before the November 2020 election. Historically, incumbent presidents have waited two years, until after the midterm elections, to file formally.

Trump’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment about how much money it was spending on the ad, where it was running or why it decided to release it this weekend.

The ad says Trump has created jobs and helped the stock market since taking office.

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