Updated Jun 7, 2024 - Politics & Policy

New Biden ad attacks Trump over past comments about veterans

S. President Joe Biden delivers a speech at Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Army Rangers scaled cliffs over 100 feet high on D-Day to destroy a heavily fortified German position, on June 7, 2024 at Pointe du Hoc, near Le Bavent, France

President Biden delivers a speech at Pointe du Hoc on June 7 at Pointe du Hoc, near Le Bavent, France. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Biden's campaign released a new ad on Friday attacking former President Trump over past comments he's made about members of the military.

Why it matters: The ad comes after Biden during speeches this week commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day took veiled jabs at his GOP presidential rival as he hailed the power of democracy —and warned of its fragility.

  • The Biden campaign on Thursday released a separate ad featuring three veterans who criticized Trump as "a draft dodger" and took aim at his fitness to be commander in chief.

Driving the news: The one-minute ad, called "What Trump Thinks," displays past quotes the former president has reportedly made about veterans, such as calling them "losers" and "suckers."

  • The ad also displays a quote from Trump reportedly saying that "we're not going to support that loser's funeral," referring to former Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

What they're saying: "Donald Trump is so self-obsessed that when he hears about service members making the ultimate sacrifice—dying for one's country—his first instinct is to denigrate their service, sacrifice, and families," Biden campaign communications director Michael Tyler said in a statement.

  • "He called fallen service members "suckers" and "losers" not once, not twice, but three separate times," Tyler said.

The other side: Trump communications director Steven Cheung rebuked the ad in a statement.

  • "Joe Biden has disrespected U.S. service members by calling them 'silly bastards,'" Cheung said.
  • He also accused Biden of showing a "lack of empathy by repeatedly checking his watch during a solemn ceremony for soldiers killed during the catastrophic Afghanistan withdrawal." Cheung said Biden has been "criticized by Gold Star families for his lack of respect."
  • "The fact is that under Biden, America is weaker on the world stage and has made America more vulnerable," Cheung added.

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