Hillary Clinton’s campaign will begin advertising ahead of the general election against Donald Trump later this week, beating Trump and the Republicans to the airwaves as Democrats lay plans for a hard-fought summer-and-fall campaign.
The one-minute ad, slated to begin showing on Thursday, contrasts some of Trump’s more extreme statements with Clinton, who narrates the video.
“Today, we face a choice about who we are as a nation,” Clinton says in the ad. “Do we help each other? Do we respect each other? Do we stand together?” Trump, meanwhile, makes repeated cameos in the ad with clips from his rallies saying “I’d like to punch him in the face” in reference to a protester, and “Knock the crap out of them, would you?” as well as mocking a disabled New York Times reporter.
Clinton, shown at different points during her primary campaign greeting voters, then explains the underlying message of her campaign: “It’s wrong to pit people against each other,” Clinton says. “I believe we are always stronger together.”
Donald Trump quickly rebutted the ad on Twitter, denying that he mocked the New York Times reporter.
The new Clinton ad joins three general election ads aired by Priorities Action USA, the pro-Clinton superPAC that has been supporting her bid against Trump. Together, the ads seek to portray Trump as mean-spirited and divisive. The Clinton campaign did not say how much it cost to place the ads.
Clinton will campaign in swing states this week, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, as well as a Wisconsin event with President Obama.