Gold Star families condemn Donald Trump for reportedly insulting America’s war dead in just one of a series of new attack ads released by critics of the president on both sides of the aisle.
The parents of fallen U.S. service members denounce Trump for allegedly referring to Americans who died fighting in World War I as “suckers” and “losers” during a 2018 visit to France. Trump denies making the comments, first reported by The Atlantic this week.
“My message to Donald Trump is this: You have no right being commander in chief,” one Gold Star mother said in the video, which was shared online Friday by the progressive PAC VoteVets.
The Lincoln Project, which is made up of anti-Trump Republicans, and Veterans for Responsible Leadership called out Trump with this clip:
Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s campaign, meanwhile, superimposed Trump’s reported comments over poignant photos. “If you don’t respect our troops, you cannot lead them,” read text on the screen at the end.
It’s unclear which, if any, of the ads will be aired on television. It’s also unclear whether online ads that go viral are effective in swaying swing voters.
However, a poll released by Military Times this week showed support for Trump was falling amid active-duty officers and troops. There has been “a steady drop in troops’ opinion of the commander in chief since his election four years ago,” reported the independent news website.