The Donald Trump campaign released a new attack ad via Instagram this morning. In the ad, Trump alleges that Hillary Clinton is a “punchline” and that she’s not tough enough to stand up to Vladimir Putin and ISIS. The video features a clip of Putin performing his signature Judo throw and a clip from an ISIS recruitment video just before featuring a short clip of Clinton barking like a dog at a campaign rally.
“We don’t have to be a punchline,” the anti-Clinton ad says, released via Donald Trump’s Instagram today.
The Trump ad was released this morning just after Clinton had some harsh words for Trump during her victory speech last night, where she called him out for the way that he’s treated the republican race and the presidential primary as a whole. Clinton alleged that Trump is embarrassing the country and that his candidacy isn’t treating the race with the gravity and dignity it deserves.
“Our commander in chief has to be able to defend our country not embarrass it,” Clinton stated during her victory speech last night.
Trump fired back this morning while speaking with CNN, calling Hillary Clinton an embarrassment to the United States. Trump has long been a critic of Clinton, who he sees as his rival during the general election. He has released attack ads via Instagram in the past, including one that compares her to Bill Cosby and Anthony Weiner, both men who have famously been involved in sex scandals and one who is currently being prosecuted for sex crimes.
“I think she’s an embarrassment to our country, she’s under federal investigation she doesn’t have the strength or the stamina to be president,” said Donald Trump during the CNN interview this morning.
Clinton, during her campaign speech last night, called into question Trump’s capability to run the country, using his own words against him – his threats to deport 12 million immigrants and to ban Muslims from entering the country. Clinton also criticized Trump’s support for the use of torture against enemy combatants and Guantanamo detainees, a stance that has drawn sharp criticism from both sides of the ideological spectrum.
The renewed vigor with which Trump and Clinton are attacking one another is certainly a result of their respective victories Tuesday night, when both campaigns landed decisive victories over their primary opponents. Clinton took the initiative, coming out hard against Trump, who responded in kind with another attack ad and barbs of his own.
It’s worth noting that the footage of Clinton barking like a dog, which is used against her in the Trump attack ad, was originally recorded during a Clinton rally where she barked like a dog to imitate the Republican party, a call back to an old radio ad, reports Talking Points Memo.
Trump and Clinton’s victories Tuesday night have furthered their respective leads in their primary campaigns and the two frontrunners are starting to really focus their attacks at one another, which could influence the next stages of the primary race, reports NBC News.
“There was a reason we called last night ‘Separation Tuesday’ – it was the chance for two frontrunners, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump, to put more distance between themselves and their competitors,” reports NBC News this morning.
After the final count last night, Trump has tripled his lead over Ted Cruz, and Hillary Clinton all but secured the Democratic nomination. Clinton’s campaign only has to win 41 percent of the remaining delegates, while her opponent Bernie Sanders needs to win a whopping 71 percent of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination.
Trump and Clinton are just now starting to scale up their attacks against one another, as they both look toward a general election where they’re both on the ballot.
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