On Tuesday, an ad came out from the pro-Clinton, anti-Trump super PAC Priorities USA called “I Love War.” Check it out:
It’s a harsh ad, but unlike most feverish, scare-mongering ads we see throughout political season, it’s more effective because it doesn’t feel very far-fetched. Yes, the imagery is overblown, and yes, the music is dramatic, but unlike its farcical, near-comic brethren, this attack ad hits a little too close to home. Which, of course, is what makes it work.
For those who can’t watch, the 30-second spot uses snippets from Trump’s speeches, including quotes like, “I’m really good at war, I love war, in a certain way,” and “including with nukes, yes, including with nukes,” “the power, the devastation, is very important to me,” along with a classic Trumpian brag: “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.”
Trump’s new campaign manager Kellyanne Conway fired back at Clinton in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Monday morning, and her tactic was predictable—direct attention away from Trump’s words, and onto Hillary Clinton’s record.
“I’d have to see the entire snippet there but obviously many commanders in chief have made the very difficult decision to go to war,” she said. “You have Hillary Clinton as secretary of state calling a Russia reset that didn’t work, she was wrong on Libya, she was wrong on Syria, she was certainly wrong on Benghazi and I think they’ll both be held to account for that.”
Watch Conway’s appearance below.