Beto O’Rourke calls Trump ‘propaganda’ ad about Joe Biden a ‘disgrace’

Beto O’Rourke is standing up for his 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden in blasting President Donald Trump’s new campaign ad.

The Democratic presidential candidate slammed a new ad targeting the former vice president, calling it out in a tweet as a “disgrace” and a form of “propaganda.”

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“Trump’s ad about Joe Biden is a disgrace,” the former Texas congressman tweeted, though he did not link to the ad. “Every one of us needs to call this exactly what it is: propaganda. Doing anything less is playing right into his hands.”

Trump’s reelection campaign launched the new 30-second TV and digital ad last week, targeting Biden’s alleged pressuring of the Ukraine government into pushing out a prosecutor investigating corruption in a company that employed the former vice president’s son, Hunter Biden.

“Joe Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion if they fired the prosecutor investigating his son’s company,” the ad’s narrator announced. “But when President Trump asks Ukraine to investigate corruption, the Democrats want to impeach him.”

The ad also slammed the impeachment inquiry by Democrats as an attempt to overturn the 2016 election and to “steal this one.”

O’Rourke, who is trailing Biden and other top Democratic contenders with polling in the single digits, called on Trump last week to “do the right thing” and resign from office over his controversial phone call with the Ukrainian president.

Trump’s critics have repeatedly slammed him for daring to criticize Biden and his alleged intervention in Ukraine on behalf of his son. But the former vice president himself admitted last year that he strong-armed then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 when he was serving as vice president, recounting how he threatened that the administration would pull U.S. aid if Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin was not immediately fired. Shokin, at the time, was conducting a corruption probe of the natural gas company that employed Hunter Biden.

Biden’s campaign put Fox News “on notice” about airing Trump’s ad which they claimed, “spreads false, definitively debunked conspiracy theories.”

“We are putting you on notice about the absolute falsity of the advertisement’s claims, and we expect that you will reject it,” Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz wrote in a letter to Fox News and Fox Business general counsel Lily Claffee. “Please consider this letter a standing request that you reject any advertisement containing similar claims, regardless whether the Trump campaign or a third-party group seeks to place it.”

The network rejected the campaign’s request.

“We are not in the business of censoring ads from candidates on either side of the aisle,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement. “Vice President Joe Biden has a standing invitation to appear on any of our platforms.”

But CNN toed the line, rejecting the “Biden Corruption” ad, claiming it did not meet their “advertising standards.”

O’Rourke’s criticism of the Trump ad was met with less than enthusiastic responses from Twitter users.

 

Frieda Powers

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