NEW YORK — The biggest super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton is using Republican icon Ronald Reagan against Donald Trump in its latest stinging battleground-state television ad, harshly portraying the GOP nominee as an inciter of violence rather than a uniter.
The spot from Priorities USA Action, which contrasts the former president’s soaring rhetoric with clips of violence from Trump’s rallies, lands just hours after his latest campaign event, in North Carolina, was pocked by physical scuffles between protesters and supporters. There, Trump accused Clinton of running a “hate-filled campaign.”
The 30-second ad, which is due to run in Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, opens with a voiceover from Reagan as his name is displayed across the screen over black and white images. First up: what appears to be a father and son on a farm, followed by older black and white women embracing, and then by a veteran with a small girl.
“We are one nation under God, that black and white, we are one nation indivisible,” says Reagan in the clip from his 1986 Independence Day address. “That Republican and Democrat, we are all Americans.”