Priorities USA Action, the super PAC backing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, this week is launching a $20 million, seven-state ad campaign targeting presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s comments last fall that were seen as mocking a reporter for his disability.
The new ad, titled “Grace,” features the parents of a girl born with a spinal birth defect. “When I saw Donald Trump mock a disabled person, I was just shocked,” said Lauren Glaros, Grace’s mother, in the ad. “The children at Grace’s school all know never to mock her, and so for an adult to mock someone with a disability is just shocking.”
“When I saw Donald Trump mock somebody with a disability it showed me his soul, it showed me his heart,” added Chris Glaros. The family lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Last fall, Mr. Trump was widely criticized for appearing to imitate a New York Times reporter with a physical disability. “You gotta see this guy,” he said, making motions that appeared to imitate the reporter’s condition, which limits movement of his arms. Mr. Trump has said he wasn’t making fun of the reporter’s disability.
“Donald Trump’s mocking of someone with a disability was a troubling look into who he is as a person and proof that he lacks the character necessary to be President of the United States,” said Guy Cecil, the super PAC’s chief strategist.
Mr. Trump’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
The ad will run in seven battleground states: Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Nevada, Colorado, Iowa and New Hampshire from June 8 until the Democratic National Convention in July. Priorities had more than $46 million in the bank at the end of April, according to its Federal Election Commission report.
In recent weeks, the super PAC has been airing ads in just four of those states and is expanding its reach with the new ad buy. More states could be added to the mix, Mr. Cecil said in an interview.
A basic message animating the group’s attacks on Mr. Trump is that he is “divisive, dangerous con man,” Mr. Cecil said. “That’s not what we want in a president.”