A pro-Trump super PAC TV ad aimed at dividing Black and Latino communities over Joe Biden’s possible pick of a Black running mate is being sharply criticized by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey).
“No one’s buying Trump’s blatant pandering and fear-mongering,” Menendez told the New Jersey Globe. “The choice this November for my fellow Latinos couldn’t be clearer: four more years of the same racism or a different, more inclusive path forward.”
The Spanish language ad, paid for by the Committee to Defend the President, uses the image of Menendez, as well as other prominent Latino Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Julián Castro.
“He promised his party an African American Vice President. Not a Latino, even though we make up over one-sixth of the U.S. population and contribute twice as much to the economy,” the ad says. “Why aren’t Latinos good enough for Joe?”
Menendez insists that Trump defenders won’t be successful in driving Latino voters away from Biden.
“No President has done more to demonize and harm our community than Donald Trump—from his racist, xenophobic policies to attacks on immigrants and the detention of children at the border, and so much more,” Menendez said.
The Committee to Defend the President was launched as a Stop Hillary PAC seven years ago and changed it’s name in 2017.
Politico reported late last year that the Committee to Defend the President spent nearly $260,000 on TV and online ads in support of a New Jersey congressman who switched parties to support Trump, Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).
The add also uses images of Latino journalists Juan Williams and anti-Trump Republican strategist Ana Navarro.