Republican Group Uses Trump's Own Words About Corruption Against Him in New 'Fox and Friends' Ad

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attend a meeting on religious freedom at United Nations headquarters on September 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Watchdog group Republicans for the Rule of Law is taking no prisoners in a new ad highlighting the corruption of President Donald Trump. The ad won't be preaching to the choir either: It's set to air on 'Fox & Friends' on Monday, meaning many of the President's supporters and quite likely the President himself will see it.

The ad begins with Trump talking about his 2016 Democratic opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


"Hillary Clinton used the State Department to enrich her family at America's expense," Trump says in the ad. Then things get wild.

Watch below.

Trump has frequently been accused of using the White House to boost his properties, many of which—like Doonbeg Golf Course and Doral National—have been financially underperforming.

The ad points out Trump's decision to hold the G7 summit of world leaders at Trump Doral National in Miami, earning it potentially millions of dollars.

While that announcement was one of the more shocking moments of Thursday afternoon, the ad also highlights some events Americans may have forgotten.

Remember when Vice President Mike Pence stayed a 2-hour plane ride away from his work in Dublin, Ireland in order to patronize Trump's Doonbeg resort? Pence's daily commutes to Dublin cost taxpayers $600,000.

And when U.S. military members stayed at a Trump resort while refueling jets overnight at Glasgow Prestwick Airport? The airport had a longstanding deal with the Trump organization to refer guests to Trump's Turnberry Resort. Their stays cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

And let's not forget the constant golfing.

Viewers of the ad were disturbed by the use of the Oval Office for personal gain.

Trump's calls to "drain the swamp" became even more laughable.

Since the ad is airing on 'Fox and Friends', it's sure to reach a largely Republican viewership. Considering the persistence of the support Trump enjoys from his base, however, it's unclear whether many Republicans will heed critiques of Trump, even if those critiques are coming from other Republicans.

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Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.

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With a Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat up for grabs on Tuesday, Republicans predictably made the case for why as few people as possible should be permitted to vote. It was a continuation of Wisconsin GOP efforts to suppress the vote, which included rejecting a demand from Governor Evers to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every resident.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:

"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."

She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:

"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."

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In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.

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