By Ben Kamisar
December 14, 2015
The super-PAC supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid is out with a new ad bashing the GOP presidential field for standing by a pledge to support the Donald Trump if he becomes the party’s nominee.
The Priorities USA spot, shared exclusively with The Hill ahead of its release, highlights a slew of Republican candidates pledging to support the GOP nominee in light of Trump’s controversial call for a ban on Muslim immigration last week.
“Apparently nothing can drag these Republican candidates from their Trump Pledge, not even a candidate who calls people rapists, is consistently disrespectful to women, and proposes a implementing a religious test to gain entry into the United States,” Justin Barasky, Priorities USA’s spokesman, said in a statement.
“In tomorrow’s debate Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and the rest of the GOP field must explain why they would be OK with a nominee who consistently spews racist and sexist rhetoric and why none of them have the courage to do the right thing and promise not to support Donald Trump if he’s the nominee.”
The 90-second spot includes statements of support from former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Ben Carson and Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.).
It also runs down Trump’s most notable and controversial statements—including calling some Mexican immigrants “rapists,” chiding Fox News host Megyn Kelly with an allusion some took to refer to her menstrual cycle, and his proposal to ban Muslim immigration.
The ad is part of the group’s $1.5 million buy, announced in October.
Democrats have stepped up the heat on the comparisons between Trump and his GOP rivals in light of the real estate mogul’s comments last week on halting Muslim immigration.
Hillary Clinton penned a blog post days after those comments that linked Trump’s call with the candidates’ past statements.
“Now some Republican candidates are saying that Donald Trump’s latest comments have gone too far. But the truth is, many GOP candidates have also said extreme things about Muslims.” she wrote.
“Their language may be more veiled than Mr. Trump’s, but their ideas aren’t so different.
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