DNC Launches ‘Blistering’ New Ad in AZ, FL, MI, WI

This week, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “This Is Not a Test,” which calls out Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety by demanding schools reopen unsafely. See highlights below:

CNN: DNC launches TV ad hitting Trump on coronavirus and reopening of schools ahead of new school year

The Democratic National Committee is launching a new offensive on President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with a focus on the thorny issue of reopening schools, rolling out a television ad on Monday as parents and educators across the country express widespread concern ahead of the new school year.

In the 60-second TV spot titled “This Is Not a Test” first shared with CNN, the narrator begins by describing Trump as “unprepared and making it up” when it comes to the virus. The ad features some of Trump’s own past statements about Covid-19, including his prediction that it might disappear in April in the heat and his desire to slow down testing.

CNN: New Day Interview with Sen. Tammy Duckworth

ALISYN CAMEROTA: The Democratic Party out with a blistering new ad taking aim at President Trump’s handling of coronavirus.


JOHN BERMAN: Moments ago, former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee released a new campaign ad focusing on President Trump’s coronavirus response and his push to reopen schools.


SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-IL): This discussion has been something that’s been tearing me up and tearing up all the moms in my mom group. You know, we talk to each other, we want our kids to go back to school. Believe me, I need my daughter back in school because she needs trained educators, not a — not a politician trying to teach her to read. I’m not trained to do this.

But on the other hand, I don’t want her getting sick and potentially dying, or even if it doesn’t really affect her, her bringing home a virus that will affect my 79-year-old mom. You know, I have a whole household, or her two and a half year old baby sister. This is a hot topic. I want my daughter to go back to school, of course, but not if there’s not enough PPE, not if there’s not enough testing, not if we don’t know, you know, what the protocols are for schools. None of that has been provided by the Trump administration.

CNN en Español: Anuncio en español del Partido Demócrata critica respuesta de Trump a la pandemia

Un mensaje en español del Partido Demócrata critica la respuesta del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, frente a la pandemia de coronavirus. El presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata, Tom Pérez, dijo en entrevista con Juan Carlos López que los fracasos del presidente Trump durante la pandemia y la caída en la economía serán centrales en la decisión de los latinos a la hora de votar en noviembre.

The Hill: Democrats hit Trump on reopening schools in new ad: ‘He ignored science’

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) launched an ad Monday attacking President Trump over his push to reopen schools in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases across much of the U.S.

[…] The ad ends with audio of Trump boasting about having “aced” a cognitive test. He’s recently bragged in multiple interviews about his performance on a cognitive test that is typically used to detect dementia. 

The Hill: Atlanta mayor: ‘As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives’

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) criticized President Trump’s push for schools to reopen in the fall amid surging coronavirus cases — as both a lawmaker and a mother. 

“As a mother of four children I do not trust this president with their lives,” Bottoms said Monday on a call with reporters.

[…] Bottoms was one of two Democrats who spoke to reporters on the Monday call with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez. Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) also criticized Trump’s push, as both a lawmaker and a mother of school-aged children. She said her three children, ages 8, 12 and 14, are enrolled year-round in public school in Irvine. 

“I want to be clear about what’s at stake here: Children and teachers will get the virus. They will bring it home to their families, they will spread it to other community … some will get sick and some are going to die,” Porter said. “It’s an absolute failure of leadership to send kids and teachers back into a classroom without so much as a sticky note checklist on how to keep them safe, much less detailed plan.” 

Washington Times: DNC: Trump’s school push risks lives

The Democratic National Committee on Monday intensified its criticism of President Trump’s push to reopen schools, saying the administration is gambling with lives in a naked attempt to score political points ahead of the fall election.

In a new television attack ad, the DNC highlighted how Mr. Trump initially downplayed the virus and questioned whether the president can be trusted to protect students and teachers from COVID-19.

[…] On Monday, DNC Chair Tom Perez said in a conference call with reporters the Trump administration has offered school districts little guidance or assistance to help schools open safely and said The White House’s race to reopen schools will “imperil children, school staff and their families.”

Daily Kos: ‘This is not a test. Trump is failing’: New DNC ad on school reopening pulls no punches

The Democratic National Committee is launching a hard-hitting cable ad buy focused on the spread of coronavirus and Donald Trump’s dangerous push to reopen schools. A DNC aide told CNN there was a six-figure cable buy focusing on battleground states.

Trump has pushed hard to reopen schools, clearly seeing it as a political winner in the early days of summer before coronavirus spiked in many states. And once Trump has decided something is a winner, he notoriously doesn’t back down. COVID-19 rates have changed dramatically, though, and with them, public opinion. Polls show growing fear of school reopenings, and parents’ groups, education advocates, and teachers unions are demanding that any reopening plans listen to the science and emphasize safety, with a national day of resistance planned for August 3.

Education Week: GOP Bill Would Tie Two-Thirds of COVID Relief to Schools Physically Reopening

That rhetorical pushback from Democrats continued into Monday, when Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said on a call with reporters that, “We need to make sure that we have more resources for public education, not to funnel away resources from public education.”

Perez also said the “original sin” of the Trump administration was not taking sufficient action to halt the spread of the virus at the end of last year and the start of 2020. 

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Trump resurrects voucher plan as public schools stay closed

Democrats are fighting back at what they see as a move to undermine support for public schools.

During a Monday conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos “has been on a mission along with this president to undermine public education.”

“He’s saying to schools, I’m going to take away your funding if you don’t open,” Perez added.

Detroit Metro Times: New DNC ad airing in Michigan accuses Trump of forcing schools to reopen too soon in attempt to save his reelection

A new ad that aired in the Detroit area Tuesday flunks President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 57-second spot, paid for by the DNC War Room, accuses Trump of making the coronavirus crisis worse by ignoring experts and publicly insisting for months that the pandemic would go away on its own. Now, as COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., Trump is insisting that schools reopen in the fall, and has even threatened to without federal funding from districts that don’t.

WisPolitics.com: DNC’s latest ad knocking Trump running in Milwaukee

Milwaukee is one of the markets that will see the DNC‘s latest TV ad, which knocks President Trump on his response to COVID-19.

The party, which released the spot yesterday, said this morning it will run on cable networks in Milwaukee with a target audience of parents with school-aged children and teachers. The DNC said it is a six-figure buy, but didn’t include details on how much of that would be spent in the Milwaukee market.

La Voz Arizona: Comité Nacional Demócrata lanza anuncio en español ‘Esto no es una prueba’, en contra de Trump

El Comité Nacional Demócrata lanzó hoy un nuevo anuncio televisivo en español en Arizona titulado “Esto no es una prueba”, mediante el cual critica al presidente Donald Trump por presuntamente jugar con la salud y la seguridad de los niños.

Según comentan en un comunicado de prensa, Trump está tratando de obligar a las escuelas a reabrir por completo antes de que puedan hacerlo de manera segura, pese a la elevada cantidad de casos de coronavirus en todo el país. Trump cree, mencionan, que una reapertura de escuelas le ayudará a el con su reelección.

El anuncio fue lanzado a los medios en Arizona a partir de hoy jueves, dirigido a llegar a los padres latinos con niños en edad escolar y los maestros.

Florida Politics: Democrats’ new Spanish ad in Miami warns against school reopening

The Democratic National Committee’s effort to hoist Joe Biden to victory is launching a new Spanish-language television ad in Miami Thursday questioning the wisdom of reopening schools under President Donald Trump‘s direction.

“This is not a test” the 60-second commercial, “Esto no es una prueba,” warns.

The commercial then runs through a series of Trump statements and news reports about the coronavirus crisis resurgent and out of control, accusing Trump of being “unprepared, and making it up.” It then moves on to Trump’s various demands that schools reopen this fall, “because he thinks it will save his reelection … threatening their funding, ignoring the science, risking teachers’ and parents’ lives.”

The Grio: Sen. Nikema Williams: We can’t trust Trump with our kids’ health

Because Trump let the virus get so out of control, many schools can’t reopen safely. Instead of listening to experts, parents, and teachers, Trump is threatening to force schools to reopen without the necessary equipment and testing, and he wants to cut their funding if they don’t.

As the mother of a rising kindergartener, I would never put his safety and well-being in the hands of Donald Trump. Trump continues to ignore the data that shows children can contract the coronavirus and infect their teachers and family members without showing any symptoms. A new study says kids starting at age 10 are at least as likely to spread the virus as adults. And after he claimed the coronavirus would ‘disappear’ and has still failed to set up the testing and contact tracing we needed to confront the pandemic, we can’t trust him to make decisions about our kids’ health.