President Donald Trump’s campaign is combating impressions and accusations that he is a racist by running a seven-figure YouTube ad that pieced together 38 occasions of him denouncing racism. The YouTube masthead purchase will run again for a 72-hour period leading up to Election Day.
On the video, Trump repeatedly uses “disavow,” “rebuke” and “condemn” in relation to racism and white supremacist groups and asks “How many times are you supposed to disavow?” and “How many times do I have to reject?”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris repeatedly have cast Trump as racist and accused him of fanning the flames of hate.
“From the time I was 5 years old, I rejected them,” Trump said of racists on the campaign video. The piece includes recent clips but also a 2008 interview with Matt Lauer.
“President Trump wants to prosecute the KKK as a terrorist organization and has condemned white supremacy at least 38 times. 38 times!” a Trump campaign official told Fox News.
The Trump campaign is turning the racism topic on Biden with another ad, “Joe’s Own Words,” that compiles his comments since the 1970s.
Trump, a real estate tycoon, knows where to go with this final push: the YouTube masthead. A campaign official called it “the most valuable piece of real estate on the Internet.”