Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released Monday a new attack advertisement aimed at Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump. It slams him for his proposed policies on Muslims and abortion, as well as his remarks about Mexicans.
The television commercial came as the presidential campaign has moved to New York ahead of the Empire State’s primary election April 19, with its airing beginning this week as part of a six-figure media buy in New York City, ABC News reported. In the 30-second commercial, a voice-over begins by describing Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., his comments about punishing women who have abortions and his remarks about Mexicans as rapists. As these words flash across the screen, viewers can also see images of Trump and the people who would be affected by his ideas.
After recapitulating Trump’s controversial comments, the ad switches to footage of Clinton at a campaign event in New York decrying these remarks. “Donald Trump says we can solve America’s problems by turning against each other. It’s wrong, and it goes against everything New York and America stand for,” she says.
It ends with the voice-over saying, “With so much at stake, she’s the one tough enough to stop Trump.”
This ad is Clinton’s second aimed at Trump, with the former U.S. secretary of state’s campaign criticizing the billionaire businessman without mentioning his name in a previous spot released last week and titled “New York.” Both ads will run in New York this week.
These ads also came as the Democratic presidential-nominating race in New York has heated up, with Clinton and opponent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont each campaigning hard for voters in the state. The rhetoric has ramped up recently, as Sanders drew criticism last week over saying that Clinton was “not qualified” to be president, while he has reminded voters of her ties to Wall Street and the oil and gas industry.
Clinton holds a solid lead over Sanders in support among New York voters, according to the RealClearPolitics averages of all Democratic presidential polling data in the state. They show her with 54 percent support and him with 40 percent support.
But after Sanders’ recent winning streak of seven state nominating contests in a row, Clinton is not taking anything for granted in her adopted home state. Both candidates have events scheduled in New York this week, and with no other nominating contests being held between now and the primary, they are likely to keep stepping up their efforts until then.