Thursday, March 26, 2020

Trump attorney demands cease and desist for ad starring Trump himself

Kerry Eleveld of the Daily Kos Staff reports that Trump sends cease, desist letter on ad featuring one giant sound bite of his mad coronavirus musings. Here is some of it, but you really should go there and click on the video showing the ad.

Donald Trump is angry. The Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA assembled an ad that features the sound bites of Trump and Trump only, and guess what? Turns out he’s an unhinged maniacal liar who’s gotten everything about the coronavirus wrong. That may not be news to you, but it is apparently news to Trump. And his dangerously factless musings on the coronavirus over the past several weeks have not worn well.

So on Wednesday, a Trump campaign attorney released a cease and desist letter demanding that TV stations across the nation pull the ad immediately. “On behalf of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., President Trump’s principal campaign committee, this letter notifies you that your station is airing a patently false, misleading, and deceptive advertisement,” wrote Alex Cannon, special counsel to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. “Because [the] ad’s central point is deliberately false and misleading, your station has an obligation to cease and desist from airing it immediately to comply with FCC licensing requirements, to serve the public interest, and to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation.” Um, yeah, the ad simply regurgitates all Trump’s falsehoods on the virus, sound bite by sound bite. So if it’s “patently false” and “misleading,” that’s because Trump narrates the entire thing in his own words.

(Tnx to Mrs. Scriber and Roving Reporter Sherry.)

Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) also wrote about the ad and the Trump campaign’s response.

Part of the problem, of course, is that the idea that the White House has done a “good job” in its response to the crisis is impossible to take seriously.

The other part of the problem is that the Trump campaign’s efforts to denounce the Priorities USA ad appears to have generated more interest in the commercial the president’s team didn’t want people to see. As of this morning [March 26th], the spot has been viewed online over 6.5 million times.

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