Summoning the ghost of Ronald Reagan to point out hypocrisies in the current Republican Party is usually something liberal groups do. But now a pro-John Kasich super PAC has called in support from the beloved Reagan spirit to attack the current GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump.
The Shining City on the Hill and its Big Fabulous Wall
The 2-minute spot opens with Reagan during his acceptance speech at the 1984 Republican National Convention, where he preaches, “In the party of Lincoln, there is no room for intolerance, and not even a small corner for anti-Semitism or bigotry of any kind.”
Then the ad cuts to Donald Trump, reading his own press release, in which he proudly calls for the U.S. to ban all Muslims from travelling to the country until politicians “figure out what the hell is going on.”
The spot then passes through clips from Tuesday’s media fallout where anchor after anchor challenges Trump – even at one point asking if various comparisons to Adolf Hitler gave him “any pause at all.” To little surprise the Donald didn’t see a strong connection.
Establishment Republicans Probably Agree: “What the Hell Is Going On?”
Ohio Governor John Kasich is about as “establishment” as it gets, and he has been arguably one of the most outspoken critics of Trump, out of anyone on the primetime debate stage – and his allied super PAC has always followed suit.
New Day For America became one of the first establishment groups to seriously target Trump, after it announced it would drop $2.5 million attacking the real estate mogul. Those early attack ads almost earned the group a lawsuit, but they ran the spots anyway.
But like nearly every other attack on Trump, this $2.5 million ad campaign will likely leave him unscathed. It seems like the crazier his campaign gets, the greater his lead becomes in the polls, leaving his opponents in the dust.