In a hard-hitting new ad, the anti-Trump GOP group The Lincoln Project levels President Donald Trump for his continued willful alliance with racists like those who proudly fly the Confederate flag. As a narrator in the group’s new ad outlines, the Confederate flag stands for the violent attack against the existence of the United States that grew into the Civil War. It was the battle cry of those who wanted to end the country as it was in the name of protecting their interests, including slavery. And now, the flag is proudly waved by many supporters of Trump.
The narrator asks, referring to the Civil War and the Confederate flag:
‘Those with honor surrendered and cast it aside forever. So why does it keep showing up today at events supporting Donald Trump? And why does he call the folks who carry it “very fine people”?.. What does it say that they’re all in for Trump? What does it say that he won’t condemn the flag of hate, division, and losers? For us, it says this is a time for choosing: America or Trump.’
Those who fly the Confederate flag are celebrating the legacy of American slavery, the wrongful, and violent insurrection that followed, and the oppressive Jim Crow regime that came into power in many states. pic.twitter.com/1wbiiKNRO7
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 1, 2020
A caption notes that the violence that the Confederate flag celebrates doesn’t even end with the Civil War. Rather, those “who fly the Confederate flag are celebrating the legacy of American slavery, the wrongful, and violent insurrection that followed, and the oppressive Jim Crow regime that came into power in many states.” And Trump seems happy to have these people on his side.
As Project Lincoln co-leader Mike Madrid put it:
‘America or Trump. That is the choice before us. The flag of treason follows wherever he goes. Almost 1 million views in less than one hour. Retweet this ad – let the coward in his bunker hear the roar of a mighty nation awakened.’
America or Trump. That is the choice before us.
The flag of treason follows wherever he goes.
Almost 1 million views in less than one hour. Retweet this ad – let the coward in his bunker hear the roar of a mighty nation awakened. @ProjectLincoln https://t.co/AztqBRNjQD
— Mike Madrid (@madrid_mike) June 1, 2020
Check out Twitter reactions below. The phrase “America or Trump” was trending on the platform as of early Monday, and the ad promptly got millions upon millions of views.
I'm a 7th generation Mississippian. This @ProjectLincoln message speaks to the ugly side of America that Donald Trump exploits for personal gain and power. It's despicable, destructive and degrading. All Americans deserve better than Donald Trump. https://t.co/whrTHP77wz
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) June 1, 2020
A good moment for this ad. Why does the Confederate flag appear at Trump rallies? Trump knows. https://t.co/HCK18M8TJv
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) June 1, 2020
— John Weaver (@jwgop) June 1, 2020
Finally someone says it loud and clear: you cannot waive the flag of racism and treason and claim to belong to the party of Lincoln. https://t.co/Oml74MJljr
— Chris Vance (@Chrisvance123) June 1, 2020
Calling out Americans for their treasonous behavior.
— John Stoehr's Editorial Board (@johnastoehr) June 1, 2020