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Arizona Republic website ad bomb calls Trump a threat to democracy

Arizona Republic website ad bomb calls Trump a threat to democracy

Arizona Republic website ad bomb calls Trump a threat to democracy

Donald Trump is the target of attack ads on the website azcentral.com after he dodged questions about whether he will accept the outcome of the November election during the recent prime-time debate. The ads were purchased by the Democratic National Committee. (Photo by Kyle Mazza/Anadolu via Getty Images)

WASHINGTON – The Democratic National Committee on Tuesday took over the home page of the Arizona Republic website with ads attacking Donald Trump as an existential threat to democracy.

The ads link to a 90-second video showing Trump dodging a question about whether he will accept the outcome of the November election three times during last week’s prime-time debate.

The ads will run for a week on the Arizona Republic’s website, azcentral.com, according to DNC deputy communications director Abhi Rahman, beginning shortly after midnight Tuesday.

The party is making similar digital ad buys with the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to highlight Trump’s efforts to reverse his losses in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia, he said.

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CNN debate moderator Dana Bash repeatedly asked Trump if he would accept the election results this time. He ultimately said he would accept the result if the election was, in his opinion, fair.

The ad goes on to show pundits claiming that, for Trump, elections are never fair unless he wins.

Set to dramatic music, the ad criticizes Trump for his criminal convictions and sexual misconduct lawsuits. It uses footage of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob trying to block the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory, and of Trump shaking hands with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.

The DNC expects to get about a million impressions through the ad campaign. Rahman declined to say how much the party is spending.

The ads come as Democrats try to shift the national conversation toward Biden’s debate performance, which was widely viewed as disastrous and prompted calls within the party for the 81-year-old incumbent to step down as a candidate.

Even Democrats who publicly supported him acknowledged that it had fueled concerns about his ability to serve another four years.

Digital ad from the Democratic National Committee appearing on the Arizona Republic homepage on July 2, 2024. (Graphic courtesy of the DNC)

Digital ad from the Democratic National Committee appearing on the Arizona Republic homepage on July 2, 2024. (Graphic courtesy of the DNC)

The ad campaign began the day after the Supreme Court ruled that Trump and other presidents have near-total immunity from prosecution for actions taken while in office. The ruling could affect two cases related to Trump’s efforts to subvert the election, a state case in Georgia and a federal case brought by the special counsel.

The ruling virtually assured that he would not be tried before Election Day in either case.

“Trump has shown time and time again that he feels no remorse for his role in the insurrection at our nation’s capital,” Rahman said, “and now that the Supreme Court has emboldened his dangerous quest for power, there is no question that his number one priority in a second term would be to dismantle democracy as we know it.”

In Arizona, 18 people are facing criminal charges in the so-called fake elector scheme, in which Trump’s slate of candidates signed a document claiming the former president had won Arizona’s electoral votes. In fact, Biden won the state by more than 10,000 votes.

Three of the defendants will serve as Arizona delegates to the Republican Party’s nominating convention in late July, including two state senators.

Those charged include former Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and John Eastman.

Recounts demanded by Trump’s allies found only sporadic irregularities affecting only a few hundred votes in Arizona.

Trump’s allegations of irregularities in Pennsylvania have not found any traction in court.