Hello and welcome to the last edition of Priorities USA Friday Hot Takes until after Labor Day! This week Donald Trump lost more staff, saw more prominent Republicans endorse Hillary Clinton, and even his own Super PAC Chief arguing he would “lose badly” if the election was today. But that’s what happens when you build a campaign on “prejudice and paranoia.” To the news…

PRIORITIES RELEASES TWO NEW TV ADS. This week Priorities USA released two new television ads titled “Watching” & “Pledge.” “Watching” first debuted on CNN’s “New Day” and takes Trump to task for his half-hearted expression of regret. The truth is Donald Trump doesn’t regret a single thing he’s said or done over the course of his career or this campaign, and any half-hearted attempt to rewrite history will fail miserably because we’re going to ensure everyone remembers the countless divisive and dangerous things he’s said and done. “Pledge” first debuted in Politico and shows how the values that we hold dear in this country have nothing to do with the divisive and dangerous nature of Donald Trump and his campaign, and that’s why he’s uniquely unfit to be President of the United States. You can watch both new ads as well as Priorities Chief Strategist Guy Cecil on CNN’s New Day below:

The Hill: Clinton super-PAC knocks Trump on ‘regrets’
Miami Herald: Liberal group’s TV ad bashes Donald Trump for his words
Politico: Clinton super PAC counters Trump with cute kids
Tampa Bay Times: Another anti-Trump ad in Florida
The Hill: Pro-Clinton PAC contrasts Trump quotes, Pledge of Allegiance

TRUMP’S RACISM. Last weekend, Trump signaled his desire to reach out to African American and minority voters after accusations that he was running a racist campaign. His opening salvo in this outreach? Condescendingly lecturing African Americans that their lives were so bad, they had nothing to lose by voting for him: “you’re living in poverty, your schools are no good. You have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose?” And because Trump only hires the best people, he naturally called on Steve Bannon to be his campaign’s chief executive. Bannon, of Breitbart fame, is known for “creat[ing] an online haven for white nationalists.” By hiring Bannon, Trump and his campaign have embraced “the fever swamps of conservatism” which “cheer[ed] white nationalist groups.” And it’s not just those at the top. An Associated Press study of Trump’s paid campaign staff’s social media found an alarming amount of racist and dangerous posts, including declarations that “Muslims are unfit to be U.S. Citizens, ridicul[ing] Mexican accents, call[s] for Secretary of State John Kerry to be hanged and stated… readiness for a possible civil war.” If you thought that Trump would tone down his racist rhetoric to appeal to minorities, you were wrong. He went a step further, continuing to offend those voters he was trying to win over by calling their neighborhoods “war zones” where they saw “nothing but failure around them.” The “dire picture he has painted of black America has left many black voters angry, dumbfounded or both.” And despite confusion within Trump’s own campaign over his deportation plan, Trump doubled down on his calls for mass deportation in an interview on FOX News this week. But hey, America’s ‘racialists’ (read: racists) seem happy with the campaign’s behavior.

You can also watch Guy Cecil again on CNN not losing his cool after a Trump supporter of all people quotes MLK, below:

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CLINTON FOUNDATION ATTACKS. This week Priorities Chief Strategist Guy Cecil went on CNN Newsroom to discuss the erroneous Associated Press story regarding the Clinton foundation. Guy made three key points about the facts associated with the Clinton Foundation:

1. The foundation has and continues to do good work in the United States and around the world, saving and helping millions of lives.

2. There were no trading favors for access.

3. Republicans have donated, appeared in front of, and admitted that the Clinton Foundation does good work. Those Republicans would be Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, and Trump’s campaign manager.

You can watch the full appearance below:

PRIORITIES HITS $153 MILLION IN DONATIONS & COMMITMENTS. In July Priorities USA brought in $9,296,633.08. Our latest haul boosts total Priorities donations and commitments to $153 million on the cycle. Below is a breakdown of our numbers:

Total Raised & Commitments for the Cycle: $153 million + $900,000, raised into joint fundraising agreement with EMILY’s List.

Total Raised in July 2016: $9,296,633.08

Total Raised for the Cycle: $109,105,675.95 + $900,000, raised into joint fundraising agreement with EL.

Additional Commitments: $44,000,000

Cash On Hand: $38,676,070.31

USA Today: First look: Hillary Clinton’s super PAC raised $9.3 million in July
PUSAA Mention: Wall Street Journal: Hillary Clinton Super PAC Outpaces Donald Trump Groups in July
PUSAA Mention: CNN: Top Clinton super PAC reports nearly $40M cash on hand
Washington Post: Clinton’s allied super PAC laps pro-Trump groups in the money race
Bloomberg: MORE: Priorities USA, Clinton Super-Pac, Raises $9.3M in July

PRIORITIES & EMILY’S LIST LAUNCH NEW ADS TARGETING MILLENNIALS. First reported by the Washington Post, Priorities USA and EMILY’s List Women Vote launched a new digital campaign this week targeting female millennials with ads that will appear on viral media sites like Buzzfeed and Elite Daily. The initial ads include a quiz, “Hey, Ladies: What Does Donald Trump Want to Do to You?” which asks women questions derived from Trump’s derisive and offensive comments about women and animated greeting cards for every occasion that display “sentimental” Trump quotes such as “You know, it doesn’t really matter what they write, as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass” or “Putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.”

Additional content, which will be featured on Elite Daily, is set to launch in September. Check out some of the greeting cards below:


New York Times: Trump’s Empire: a Maze of Debts and Opaque Ties (Worth a read)

Washington Post: Trump claims his golf courses are worth tens of millions. Until the tax bill arrives. (Liar, Liar)

The Hill: Report: Trump discussed continuing ‘Apprentice’ from White House (Um, OK)

KMOV 4 St. Louis: 12-year-old running Trump campaign office in Colorado (LOL)

The Hill: Michele Bachmann: I’m advising Trump on foreign policy (HAHAHA)

Glamour: How a War Widow and Single Mother Lost $35,000 to Trump University (How Donald Trump treats those in need)

Huffington Post: Donald Trump Jacked Up His Campaign’s Trump Tower Rent Once Somebody Else Was Paying It (Sad!)

Daily Beast: Donald Trump Used Campaign Donations to Buy $55,000 of His Own Book (It does have the best words, after all)

Buzzfeed: Trump Often Claimed To Be “The Largest Real Estate Developer In New York.” He Isn’t. (Pants On Fire)

TWEET OF THE WEEK: This week’s tweet of the week goes to pollster Mark Mellman who said this:

Have a great weekend!

Justin Barasky
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Courtney Rice

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