Arkansas Democratic Senate candidate Conner Eldridge is a long shot against incumbent Sen. John Boozman. But he's one of the first to test whether Donald Trump can turn a safe Republican seat into a toss-up.
Democrat Conner Eldridge Uses Trump as a Weapon
Eldridge's searing online ad "Harassment" include a montage of Trump objectifying and maligning women – including footage not widely seen in presidential attack ads so far – before airing audio of Boozman pledging to support him if he's the nominee.
With drawn out violin and piano notes setting an ominous backdrop, the ad begins with a black computer screen as the word "harassment" is typed like a dictionary entry. The action quickly cuts to Trump, and we see him insult women by saying "She ate like a pig" and "I'd look her right in that fat ugly face of hers."
The typist spells out the definition, "To subject someone to hostility or prejudicial remarks or actions." And then we see Trump traffic in objectification, criticizing women for their breasts, telling an "Apprentice" contestant it'd be a "pretty picture" to see her on her knees, and praising a video of his wife's "structure" on a Howard Stern TV show.
A new phrase is typed – "trump enabler," defined as "Arkansas Senator John Boozman.” We hear Boozman say he would support Trump if he became the nominee, and that Trump would make for a "better presidency."
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Finally, the typist inputs "Conner Eldridge," defining him as a "Former U.S. Attorney" who "prosecuted domestic violence and harassment" and an "Arkansas Democrat who will defeat John Boozman."
The explicit mention of Eldridge's party, followed by a plea for funds, suggests this ad is primarily aimed at partisan Democrats – a minority of Arkansas voters – and not swing voters. But tying Boozman to Trump is still a warning shot that Democrats believe Trump could turn some red states blue.