A controversial advertisement from President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has labeled Democrats and the media as "enemies" (video below).
The advertisement drew fierce criticism from Democrats, who asserted that the message was inappropriate following the president's response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Reuters reports.
On Aug. 13, the Trump reelection campaign released a television advertisement blasting Democratic lawmakers and journalists, accusing both of obstructing the president's agenda.
"The president's enemies don't want him to succeed, but Americans are saying, 'Let President Trump do his job,'" the advertisement stated.
Jesse Ferguson, a former spokesman for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, took to Twitter to blast the Trump advertisement for calling "Democrats & media his 'enemies' but the President won't use that word about Nazis and White Supremacists."
On Aug. 12, a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville became fatal when 20-year-old James Fields drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
"She was a sweet, sweet soul -- always spoke with conviction," Marissa Blair, a friend of Heyer, told Fox News. "[Heyer] believed in equality and she didn't want hate. She wanted everyone to get along, to be equal."
Blair's fiance, Marcus Martins, was injured during Fields' attack. She told reporters that she would have also been hit by the incoming car if Martins had not pushed her out of the way.
That same day, Trump drew criticism when he responded to the Charlottesville attack.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides," Trump said from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, according to NBC News.
The president did not single out the white nationalists who held the rally. Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring of Virginia took to Twitter to assert: "Violence, chaos and apparent loss of life in Charlottesville is not the fault of 'many sides.' It is racists and white supremacists."
Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia Center for Politics took to social media to blast the Trump reelection campaign for releasing its advertisement a day after the Charlottesville attack.
"Anybody thinking the timing is highly inappropriate?" Sabato tweeted out. "Count me in."
The Trump reelection advertisement could have potentially violated campaign finance law by recycling clips from another advertisement created by America First Policies, a political action committee (PAC) that is legally prohibited from collaborating with campaigns.
On Aug. 14, Trump gave an explicit condemnation of white nationalists in a statement from the White House.
"Racism is evil -- and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans," the president said.
That same day, a Gallup daily tracking poll found that only 34 percent of national adults approved of Trump's job performance while 61 percent disapproved, marking the president's lowest approval rating recorded by the polling group yet, The Hill reports.
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