A new ad rushed out overnight by the Joe Biden campaign in the wake of a contentious NATO meeting in London takes aim at President Donald Trump’s standing on the world stage and says the world is “laughing at” America under his administration.
The world is laughing at President Trump. They see him for what he really is: dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 5, 2019
We cannot give him four more years as commander in chief. pic.twitter.com/IR8K2k54YQ
The ad begins with widely circulated footage of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other European leaders appearing to mock the president in a gathering at Buckingham Palace in London Tuesday evening. The footage was posted online by a Canadian broadcaster.
The ad features the voices of American television anchors claiming that the world leaders were laughing at and mocking the president. “Something is very wrong,” they proclaim.
The ad continues with footage of the president addressing the United Nations in 2018 and being laughed at by members of that assembly for declaring that his administration has “accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”
“The world sees Trump for what he is — insincere, ill-informed, corrupt, dangerously incompetent and incapable, in my view, of world leadership,” Biden says in the concluding seconds. “And if we give Donald Trump four more years, we will have a great deal of difficulty of ever being able to recover America’s standing in the world and our capacity to bring nations together.”
“We need a leader the world respects,” it concludes.
Folks are all like, “Great ad,” and it does highlight Biden’s strengths. But they tried the whole “the world will laugh at America because of Trump” bit back when he ran the first time. His voters either don’t believe it or doesn’t care. This message has very limited usefulness. https://t.co/AMK9bfO0pI— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) December 5, 2019
I feel like the people excited about this Biden ad are the same people who have no idea why Trump won. https://t.co/1uDqdE1qal— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) December 5, 2019
The ad quickly went viral and by Thursday morning had racked up more than 5 million viewers. Political observers were divided about its effectiveness, with some saying it will motivate Democrats but others wondering whether Trump’s base really cares what the world thinks of him.