Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee announced Friday that they are spending a combined $10 million on ads attacking Joe Biden over Ukraine and the House Democrats for beginning an impeachment inquiry of the president.
One email mailing that went out Saturday referred to the “phone call from hell” — a reference the phone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine that triggered the impeachment proceedings.
“Democrats have proven that they have no problem ignoring the will of the American people,” the message from the president begins.
“They STILL can’t accept the fact that YOU elected me in 2016 and Crooked Hillary LOST.
“First, they spent two years and $30 MILLION of YOUR money on a bogus WITCH HUNT that ended with me being TOTALLY EXONERATED. Now they’re lying to make up reasons for impeachment.
“They were hoping for a “phone call from hell” but after the transcript was released all it showed was that I’m actually a lot nicer than most people think!”
Trump’s campaign will spend $8 million on a 30-second ad that includes a recording of Biden recalling how, when he was vice president, the U.S. threatened to withhold aid from Ukraine unless the country fired its prosecutor. The ad says Democrats are trying to steal the next election by considering impeachment over Trump’s request to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son.
The ad will run on national cable and digital platforms from Sunday through next Sunday.
The Republican National Committee is making a separate $2 million ad buy aimed at House Democrats who campaigned as moderates willing to work with Trump on issues like infrastructure but now suppo investigating his actions. The ad, which doesn’t mention impeachment, will run in 25 to 50 House districts, the RNC said.
Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement that Trump, “in a panic about holding onto power is launching an unprecedented general election attack ad campaign before the first Democratic primary has been held.”
“Donald Trump is terrified of Joe Biden,” she added, “because the vice president would beat him like a drum.”