Democrats prep ads, events to hit Trump during GOP convention

Democrats prep ads, events to hit Trump during GOP convention
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Democrats plan to use ads, briefings and other tools during the Republican National Convention next week in an attempt to cut into President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE's reelection message and tout their own candidate.

The counterprogramming for the GOP convention, which starts Monday, will include TV and digital ads released nationally and in key battleground states hitting Trump over his handling of the coronavirus and other issues.

Organizers from the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) war room and nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE's campaign said in a Friday statement that the Democratic effort will serve "to remind Americans that Trump has really only delivered on one thing — a Chaos Presidency." 


The groups will focus on a different theme during each day of the convention, focusing on "family" on Monday, the economy on Tuesday, health care on Wednesday and a “country in crisis” on Thursday — the night Trump is set to formally accept the GOP nomination for reelection.

Virtual briefings will also be held by Democratic leaders, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help Pelosi suggests criminal charges for any lawmaker who helped with Capitol riot Pelosi mum on when House will send impeachment article to Senate MORE (D-Calif.), Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerBiden taps Atlanta mayor for senior DNC role Legislatures boost security after insurrection, FBI warnings Minnesota governor to deploy National Guard to protect state capitol ahead of inauguration MORE (D) and Florida Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSeven Senate races to watch in 2022 Demings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted' Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet MORE (D), among others. The party also plans to hold virtual events in key battleground states.

"Donald Trump and Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceFeds walk back claim that Capitol rioters sought 'to capture and assassinate' officials Trump tells aides to never mention Nixon after comparisons McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time MORE can lie all they want next week but the American people won't buy it," DNC Chairman Tom PerezThomas PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE said, according to CNN, "and the DNC won't let it slide without holding them accountable."

Biden's campaign is already hitting Trump, saying he is poised to "lie" at the Republican convention.

“President Trump and his campaign, they are going to lie,” alleged Symone SandersSymone Sanders7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress inches closer to virus relief deal Harris taps women of color for key senior staff positions MORE, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign, according to The Washington Post.


“I bet you won’t hear the word ‘climate,’ ” Sanders said. “And, you know, you might hear a few people quoting the Constitution, but you won’t hear anyone who understands it. Most of all, though, you are not going to hear a single reason that Donald Trump deserves to be reelected.”

The DNC has also "organized allied groups to share stories of real people harmed by Trump using the hashtag #TrumpChaos," among other programming.

Both parties typically push counterprogramming during the conventions, with Trump firing off various tweets during Democrats' event this week, blasting their speakers while defending his tenure.

The official business of the Republican convention will take place in Charlotte, N.C., though Trump is slated to formally accept the GOP nomination during a speech on White House grounds.

The Republican convention, like its Democratic counterpart, will be mostly virtual this year to avoid large crowds amid the pandemic, though 336 delegates — six from each state and territory — will gather Monday for proceedings in Charlotte. The event will also be streamed online.

The convention was initially set to take place fully in Charlotte, although celebratory events were later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., after disagreements with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) over the size of the event. Trump later canceled the in-person events amid rising COVID-19 cases in Florida.

Trump on Friday slammed this week's Democratic National Convention while speaking to a conservative group in Arlington, Va.

“They spent four straight days attacking America as racist and a horrible country that must be redeemed, Trump said. “Joe Biden grimly declared a season of American darkness, and yet look at what we’ve accomplished.”