Trump Campaign Threatens TV Stations That Air Ad Critical Of President

Adrian Ovalle

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has actually sent out a cease-and-desist letter to TV stations that air an ad critical of the method the president has actually managed the coronavirus crisis.

The ad, “Exponential Threat,” features audio clips of Trump minimizing the infection at various minutes while the onscreen graphic shows the increasing variety of cases.

“This is their new hoax,” Trump can be heard stating in the ad, which was moneyed by Concerns U.S.A., a pro-Joe Biden PAC.

That quote originated from a Trump rally in North Charleston, South Carolina where the president likewise stated “Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus” prior to explaining numerous Democratic “hoaxes” and guaranteeing the crowd that “our country is doing so great.”

Other Trump prices estimate that appear in the ad: “We have it totally under control,” “It’s one person coming in from China,” “One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear,” “When you have 15 people, and within a couple of days it’s gonna be down to close to zero.”

At first, lawyers for America First Action, Trump’s official s uper PAC, were the ones who required that TV stations in essential battlefield states stop airing the anti-Trump industrial, declaring it was misleading.

Nevertheless, TV stations declined to pull the ad and Concerns U.S.A. mentioned that America First Action didn’t even have standing to make the need, RawStory reported.

So lawyers for the Donald J. Trump for President campaign sent their own cease-and-desist letter, one that recommended that not eliminating the ad “might put your station’s license in jeopardy” with the Federal Communications Commission.

In the letter, which can be seen below, the lawyers implicate Concerns U.S.A. of sewing together pieces from several Trump speeches to “fraudulently and maliciously imply” that he called the coronavirus break out a “hoax.”

The lawyers claim Trump “was talking about the Democrat’s politicization of the outbreak when he used the word ‘hoax.’”

Since the ad’s main 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.”


The letter declares that.

The Trump campaign has actually asked Twitter to tag videos declaring that Trump called the infection a scam as “manipulated media,” however, up until now, the social media network hasn’t complied, according to The Hill.

Redacted PUSA Letter by David Moye on Scribd

On The Other Hand, Concerns U.S.A. does not appear too concerned about the legal dangers– particularly because they have actually assisted the video go viral:

The trump campaign sent out a desist and stop letter to Priorities U.S.A. for this ad. I’m retweeting it.

— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) March 26,2020

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story improperly determined the place of a Trump rally. It remained in North Charleston, South Carolina, not North Carolina.

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