People Are Making the Trump Campaign Regret Issuing Cease and Desist Order to Pull Savage New Ad From Swing States

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The term "Streisand effect" was coined in 2003 when the entertainment icon Barbra Streisand sued a photographer for taking an aerial photo of her home. The photo was one of 12,000 in the collection, and hardly anyone would have seen it had the publicity from the $50 million lawsuit not magnified it.

Hence, the Streisand effect describes when the attempt to hide something only ends up publicizing it more.


In an effort to stop a damning new ad from continuing to air, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign may have created a Streisand effect of its own.

Exponential Threatthe ad from Democratic super PAC Priorities USA—highlights Trump's dismissals of the current public health crisis that's since upended daily life in the United States.

Watch below.

The ad plays Trump's repeated hollow assurances that the virus would eventually disappear and that cases in the United States would be down to zero in just a few days. All the while, a graph shows the number of confirmed cases in the United States continue to climb.

The President has frequently indicated that he's more concerned about the pandemic's effect on his election, rather than its toll on human lives.

Nevertheless, the Trump campaign threatened litigation in a cease and desist order issued against Priorities USA, writing:

"We will not stand idly by and allow you to broadcast false, deceptive, and misleading information concerning President's Trump's healthcare positions without consequence."

But with thousands of retweets, the attempt to suppress the ad only backfired.

People made sure the message was spread far and wide.





Does Trump not realize the ad uses his own words?




The ad concludes with Trump's response to a reporter who asked if he took responsibility for his administration's bungled rollout of testing kits for the virus:

"I don't take responsibility at all."

If you'd like to see Trump's presidency cease and desist in January 2021, make sure you're registered to vote in November.

For a deeper look into Trump's incompetence from people who were there, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.





It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.



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Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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