A brand new pro-Trump PAC called Rebuilding America Now has already raised a respectable sum and released its first ad which does a stunning job of tying Hillary Clinton’s dishonesty to that of her husband.
Pro-Trump group’s first ad uses Clintons’ words against them
A pro-Donald Trump super PAC ties Hillary Clinton’s private email server use to Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal, in its first 30-second advertisement.
The spot, from the days-old group Rebuilding America Now — launched by close Trump associate Tom Barrack with $32 million in commitments — follows Trump’s lead in casting likely Democratic nominee Clinton as untrustworthy.
It intersperses an August 2015 Clinton news conference in which she insisted that she had turned over every email on the private server she had used as secretary of state, and didn’t send or receive classified material, with then-President Bill Clinton’s famous January 1998 speech responding to the Lewinsky allegations. Bill Clinton at the time denied any past “sexual relations” with the former White House intern, which he famously had to later walk back.
The spot doesn’t directly attack Hillary Clinton — instead featuring only the Clintons’ words.
Ryan Call, the super PAC’s treasurer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the video, where it’s airing and how often.
Watch the ad below:
Ironically, one of the key figures behind the Rebuilding America Now PAC is a strategist who has previously been one of Trump’s most prominent critics.
The New York Times reports:
New ‘Super PAC’ Backing Donald Trump Hires Strategist Once Critical of Him
Mr. Castellanos, who advised Mitt Romney in the 2008 presidential race, confirmed in an interview that he is guiding the group, Rebuilding America Now, which was filed late last week. It is being supported by Tom Barrack, a financier and real estate investor and an old friend of Mr. Trump.
“I’m worried that we don’t have four or eight more years to wait to change direction,” Mr. Castellanos said, explaining his decision to join the group. “This is not about whether the Republican wins or loses the White House. This is about whether we can afford to go in the same direction, and because I’m concerned if we go too much farther we won’t be able to turn back.”
The main focus of the group will be countering the effect of a $90 million advertising offensive planned by Priorities USA Action, the super PAC backing Hillary Clinton. Priorities USA has released two ads, both focused on women, that eviscerate Mr. Trump, including one that uses his own statements against him.
Mr. Castellanos’s involvement is notable for his previous criticism of Mr. Trump. He had quietly explored the possibilities of creating a “Stop Trump” effort last fall, and he has long urged the Republican Party to change its tone and focus in order to appeal to a broader coalition of voters.
It’ll be interesting to see how many other conservative Trump critics make such a shift in the coming weeks and months. Even if you don’t like Trump, the prospect of a Hillary presidency is horrifying.
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