President Trump’s reelection campaign is threatening multiple TV stations with lawsuits for airing an ad alleging the president dismissed the coronavirus as a “hoax.”
The George Soros-backed super PAC, Priorities USA, crafted the ad by creatively splicing audio of Trump in recent weeks while a chart depicts the exponential growth of COVID-19 in the United States.
It is being aired in several television markets in battleground states.
Campaign attorney Alex Cannon sent cease and desist letters to all the stations airing the ad, saying they will take legal action if they don’t stop airing it.
“PUSA’s advertisement is false, misleading, and deceptive, and we formally demand that your station refuse to continue airing it to meet your responsibilities not to broadcast false information,” the letter says. “Should you fail to immediately cease broadcasting PUSA’s ad ‘Exponential Threat,’ Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. will have no choice but to pursue all legal remedies available to it in law and in equity; we will not stand idly by and allow you to broadcast false, deceptive, and misleading information concerning President’s Trump’s healthcare positions without consequence.”