Poynter: Priorities USA “Existential Threat” Ad ‘Splices’ and Misrepresents Timing of Trump Quotes

Priorities USA is a Democratic super PAC that’s funded by “dark money” groups and is responsible for creating and airing the controversial “Existential Threat” ad.

A screenshot of the edited ad is pictured below. The number of cases in the U.S. was about 2,800 in mid-March, half the number listed in the ad. At the top of the ad, the entire quote has been inserted, helping clarify that it’s learning about the virus that he [Trump] likes; not the rise in new cases or deaths.

The Trump campaign is fighting the airing of the ad, stating that the hoax claim in the ad is false and has even issued a “cease and desist,” which demands that television stations stop running the misleading ad.

The law firm that represents Priorities USA is Perkins Coie, a major contributor to Democratic candidates, including Joe Biden. The law firm has already contributed more to Biden’s campaign than to any other Democratic candidate running for president, with contributions totaling $27,896.

Priorities USA has also contributed to other Democratic “dark money” groups, such as Majority Forward and VoteVets. “Dark Money” groups may conceal the identity of contributors.

The Priorities USA $6 million ad contains a line chart depicting an uptick in new cases (not deaths) of COVID-19. It also contains audio clips of Trump quotes. The audio clips coincide with Trump lurking from under an ominous black background, giving the impression that Trump has knowingly allowed the virus to spread.

The “spliced” audio clips take Trump’s statements out of context and incorrectly imply he made them as they appear on the timeline. Also, the transcribed audio appears one line at a time as shown above, further taking his statements out of context.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.