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Veterans group launches ad against Trump in Pennsylvania

A liberal veterans PAC will launch an ad Sunday in Pennsylvania markets targeting former President Trump over his past comments about veterans. 

The 60-second ad by VoteVets, first reviewed by Truth Puke, features Gold Star parents going after Trump for calling veterans in the past, “losers” and “suckers.”

The ad opens with a shot of a military cemetery and placed over it is a quote attributed to Trump: “Why should I go to that cemetery, it’s filled with losers.” In 2020, The Atlantic reported that Trump said this related to canceling a visit to a World War I cemetery in France. Trump said the report was false. It was later corroborated by his former chief of staff, John Kelly.

Following are comments from parents who lost children to war.

“My stepson was not a loser,” a Gold Star parent narrates in the ad. Later, she says, “My stepson was not a sucker.”

“My son is not a loser,” another mother says.

“My son Matthew is not a loser,” a father says. 

The ad highlights two servicemen who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Later, the Gold Star parents blast Trump, calling him “the real loser.” 

“Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo died in Najaf, Iraq, in 2004,” a Gold Star parent says of her stepson in the ad.

Another parent follows: “My son, Sgt. James Anthony Ayube II, gave his life in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2010. … That is something Donald Trump will never know.”

The ad ends with this: “My message to Donald Trump is this, you have no right. You’re the real loser here.” 

It will be broadcast during Sunday’s NFL NFC Championship Game between the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. 

The six-figure ad buy will run in the Pittsburgh, Wilkes Barre/Scranton and Harrisburg markets.

In 2020, Biden won Pennsylvania, flipping the battleground state blue with around a 1.2 percent margin.

This is the first VoteVets ad buy in this election cycle. In the 2022 election cycle, the group was one of the biggest spenders, dropping $24,473,501 on independent expenditures, according to money-in-politics watchdog, OpenSecrets Action Fund, the group’s nonprofit arm, was active during the 2020 election. The affiliate spent $24,800 in independent expenditures supporting Biden and $92,461 opposing Trump.

Truth Puke has reached out to Trump’s campaign for comment.

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