If there’s one thing Donald Trump is consistently good at, it’s uniting Americans in disgust at his constant stream of drivel. A new ad out from an anti-Trump PAC shows women quoting the human disaster in his own words:
The ad was put out by the GOP anti-Trump Super PAC Our Principles, a group seemingly hastily thrown together in a last-ditch effort to prevent the current front-runner from crossing the Rubicon. It’s only been around since this January and was formed by Mitt Romney’s former deputy campaign manager in 2012. The quotes from this, one of several ads lambasting Trump released just ahead of this latest round of primaries, are as disgusting as they are terrifying:
Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?
You know it really doesn’t matter what they write, as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of a**.
Women. You have to treat ’em like s**t.
Our Principles PAC alone has already spent upwards of 12 million dollars just trying to convince people not to vote for Donald Trump.
The interesting thing about Our Principles PAC is from whom it’s getting its money. The most prominent donor is Marlene Ricketts, the wife of the TD Ameritrade founder J Joe Ricketts. The Ricketts family has also given money to almost every other GOP candidate, most notably Scott Walker, but their efforts so far have been almost completely in vain.
The Ricketts family is by far not new to buying influence in politics. The father fundraised for the president’s opponents in 2012 even as his daughter raised money for the president. Now they may be concerned they won’t be able to buy access to Trump, and are hence trying to prevent his nomination (I wouldn’t worry; Trump seems pretty buyable to me).
The common myth is that PACs like Our Principles are spending millions of dollars trying to knock out a presumptive nominee who has done barely any fundraising himself. While not entirely true, seventy percent of what the campaign has reported came from “candidate self-financing”. It’s unlikely, however, that Trump actually has enough money to keep funding his own campaign much longer if he continues to spend at current rates.
Despite massive amounts of money being raised to almost no effect, the arms war that is the GOP’s primary is only escalating. In response to the advertisements put out by Our Principles, Katie Packer has received death threats from Trump supporters according to a USA Today interview. So divided are the two sides of the GOP’s war some conservatives are wondering aloud whether Packer and Ricketts’s dark money group “can save America.”
This is a weird and impossible to explain electoral universe in which we find ourselves, where wanna-be feudal aristocrats are locked in a bitter war with a wanna-be fascist dictator and neither side is willing to give an inch. Primary results on March 15th will likely only escalate the conflict, giving each side just enough momentum to keep up the fight.
We on the left like to believe this is good news for us. But the wholesale collapse of a political party is bad news for the country, not to mention this election. There is no guarantee the Democrats will win in November in an electoral system where there are only two viable choices and a coin flip can almost literally determine the victor.
Maybe we better start hoping The Donald slips and this wraps up really soon.
Watch the anti-Trump ad here:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkSRJSUY0vs&w=640&h=360]
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