By Casey Harper
A super PAC with longtime Republican ties is funding an ad comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The ad switches back and forth between Trump and Hitler, comparing the similarity of their soundbites.
“Our country doesn’t win anymore,” Trump says in the ad, followed by a clip of Hitler shouting in German, “The decline of our nationhood.”
Trump: “Our negotiators, terrible deals.”
Hitler: “Our negotiators make deals that cannot be fulfilled.”
Trump: “If I’m elected president.”
Hitler: “Give us four years.”
The ad continues on, comparing Trump’s temporary ban on Muslim immigration and threat to kill terrorists’ families to Hitler’s “Annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.” The as also compares Trump’s comments about suing the media to Nazi silencing of the Jewish press. It ends by making a swastika out of Trump’s last name.
The ad comes from a group called Citizens Super PAC, which claims to be a platform for “leveling the playing field” by crowd sourcing funding for political ads. The two cofounders, Chris Gober and Ronald Steslow, both have long ties to Republican politics.
Gober worked on George W. Bush 2004 political staff and then the Department of Justice, before going to the Republican National Committee in 2006. Starting in 2007, he spent two years as general counsel for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which helps elect Republican senators.
Steslow worked as a political coordinator for the NRSC from September 2007 to February 2009. He worked on a couple of national Republican campaigns before hopping on board Carly Fiorina’s campaign, where he worked until February.
The Citizen Super PAC concept is that that you sort through the ads on the site and pledge money to whichever you choose, similar to Kickstarter. There are only a handful of ads and only two for the presidential race: one supporting Sen. Ted Cruz and one comparing Trump to Hitler.
The site has fully funded the $10,000 goal for the pro-Ted Cruz ad and has received just over $2,000 for the anti-Trump ad.
According to Open Secrets, the super PAC has accepted several large donations in the 2016 cycle, including a million dollars from a Connecticut hedge fund operator named George Fox.
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