If Donald Trump has proven anything this campaign season, it’s that normal political “rules” don’t apply to him. When he makes remarks that would surely doom any other candidate, he tends to go forward unscathed.
And as Trump begins to look more and more like he will be the party nominee, elite Republicans are grappling with crafting an attack strategy that will actually work against the Teflon Don. Our Principles PAC, founded by former top aides to Mitt Romney, isn’t quite sure where to start. So they are throwing a handful of attack ads at Trump, and seeing what sticks.
The Trump Tapes Vol. 1
Few labels are as damning for a Republican than being pinned as a “liberal.” What’s worse? Being tied to Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
This ad documents Donald Trump’s many different political positions throughout the years; specifically his liberal ones – like universal healthcare, immigration, trade, and international negotiations. Add in a few pictures of the Clintons enjoying Trump’s wedding for good measure, and this has the ingredients to be a powerful attack ad.
Donald Trump’s recent trouble with former KKK leader David Duke wasn’t the first time he has been called racist… Just ask the Central Park Five. He also once carried the mantle of “Birther-in-Chief,” which most people identify as a dog whistle for racism against President Obama.
But interestingly the ad isn’t outright insinuating that all these things scream of Trump’s racism… the ad actually makes the case that in a general election, Democrats will use these attacks to call Trump racist. How’s that for a dog whistle.
Donald Trump has a long trail of failed business ventures in his past. But hey, everyone knows that to be a business mogul with Trump’s level of success, you have to make a few mistakes along the way.
Well, even though Trump Steaks might not have taken off, no other failed Trump business comes under more fire from Republicans than Trump University – over which Trump is being sued for “fraudulent and illegal conduct.”
Donald Trump assures his supporters he is going to be ”tremendous” for the economy – bringing back millions of well-paying jobs from overseas.
But if protecting American manufacturing jobs is so important to him, this ad ponders, then why does so much of Trump’s personal business rely on outsourced labor? David Letterman is certainly curious.
Do you think any of these attack ads will be the one to take down Donald Trump? Let us know in the comments below, or send us a tweet @IAgreetoSee.