George Conway group targets Trump over 'blatant racism' in new ad

The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican super PAC, on Monday announced it will target President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s record on race relations in a new TV spot.

The group, co-founded by George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayGeorge Conway group hits Ernst in new ad George Conway group contrasts Trump, Eisenhower in battleground states ad George Conway group hits Trump for response to protests in new ad MORE, the high-profile Trump critic who is married to White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway group hits Ernst in new ad George Conway group contrasts Trump, Eisenhower in battleground states ad Sunday shows preview: Protests against George Floyd’s death, police brutality rock the nation for a second week MORE, will make a $500,000 ad buy in Washington, D.C., as well as in battleground states such as Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin, CNN reported.

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The one-minute spot, titled “Flag of Treason,” accuses Trump of turning a blind eye to use of Confederate iconography in support of him.

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“The men who followed this flag 150 years ago knew what it meant — treason against their country. The death of the United States,” the spot’s narrator says over images of the Confederate flag and numerous Confederate generals.

“America defeated the men who followed that flag. Those with honor surrendered and cast it aside forever. So why does it keep showing up today at events supporting Donald Trump?”

“President Trump’s co-opting of the Confederate Flag and relationships with known white nationalists like Stephen MillerStephen MillerGeorge Conway group targets Trump over ‘blatant racism’ in new ad Pence names new press secretary Pence press secretary returns to work after recovering from coronavirus MORE, Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonFormer Trump adviser Jason Miller to join reelection campaign GOP lawmaker calls on Senate to confirm Michael Pack as head of US media agency Steve Bannon is winning MORE and David Duke shows his true beliefs,” The Lincoln Project said in a statement.

“His blatant racism, dog whistles and disinterest in unifying the country, particularly in recent days following the death of George Floyd, show just how far he is willing to go to stoke fear, incite violence, and ensure the country descends into further chaos up to the election,” the group added.

The Lincoln Project previously caught the president’s ire with a spot titled “Mourning in America,” prompting Trump to launch a series of Twitter attacks against Republican strategists involved with the super PAC, including Steve Schmidt, Rick Wilson and George Conway.

Reed Galen, a member of the Lincoln Project’s advisory committee, told CNBC the group raised $1 million in a day after the tweets, which he said was a single-day record.

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