Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE’s (D-N.J.) presidential campaign is calling on TV stations not to air a reelection ad from President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE that attacks former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor, calling the spot “garbage.”
“TV stations across the country, especially those reaching voters in the early states that will play a major role in selecting our nominee, should refuse to air these baseless ads meant to deceive voters,” Booker’s campaign manager Addisu Demissie said in a statement on Friday.
“We all have a responsibility to do the right thing and prevent Trump from defaming an honorable man and public servant with straight-up lies,” Demissie continued. “I should hope that stations in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina join CNN in refusing to air this garbage.”
The ad features a narrator alleging Biden stopped an investigation into his son Hunter Biden’s work at a Ukrainian energy company, and claims that Democrats are working to steal the election in 2020. Trump’s calls for Kiev to investigate the matter — and his alleged withholding of hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid as leverage — are at the center of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
There is no evidence that Biden advocated for the prosecutor’s removal as a means of protecting his son.
CNN has refused to air the ad, saying it “makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets, including CNN.”
However, Fox News rejected a request from the Biden campaign not to air the ad on Friday, saying the network is “not in the business of censoring ads from candidates on either side of the aisle.”
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