Pro-Clinton Group Goes Nuclear on Donald Trump

A new ad, reminiscent of the 1964 “daisy” ad, says Trump can’t be trusted with nuclear weapons.

Carlos Tischler/ZUMA

Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.


At almost exactly this point in the 1964 presidential election, Lyndon Johnson shook up the race against Barry Goldwater with his controversial “daisy” ad implying that Goldwater couldn’t be trusted with national security in a nuclear world. Fifty-two years later, a pro-Hillary Clinton super-PAC is reprising that theme, releasing a new ad suggesting that Donald Trump would lead the country into nuclear war.

According to NBC, the ad is set to run in the swing states of Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio. Priorities USA, the super-PAC that created the ad, is investing $5 million in airing the TV spot. 

The commercial opens with Trump saying, “I’m really good at war, I love war,” and transitions into footage of nuclear explosions as Trump talks about his willingness to use nuclear weapons. It’s far more explicit than the daisy ad, which never actually mentioned Goldwater but was pulled from the air after just one broadcast, on September 7, 1964, amid controversy. In the escalated campaign rhetoric of this race, though, the new anti-Trump ad is unlikely to attract the same kind of notice.

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Or at least we hope. It’s fall fundraising time, and we’re trying to raise $250,000 to help fund Mother Jones’ journalism during a shorter than normal three-week push.

If you’re reading this, a fundraising pitch at the bottom of an article, you must find our team’s reporting valuable and we hope you’ll consider supporting it with a donation of any amount right now if you can.

It’s really that simple. But if you’d like to read a bit more, our membership lead, Brian Hiatt, has a post for you highlighting some of our newsroom's impressive, impactful work of late—including two big investigations in just one day and covering voting rights the way it needs to be done—that we hope you'll agree is worth supporting.

payment methods

ONE MORE QUICK THING:

Or at least we hope. It’s fall fundraising time, and we’re trying to raise $250,000 to help fund Mother Jones’ journalism during a shorter than normal three-week push.

If you’re reading this, a fundraising pitch at the bottom of an article, you must find our team’s reporting valuable and we hope you’ll consider supporting it with a donation of any amount right now if you can.

It’s really that simple. But if you’d like to read a bit more, our membership lead, Brian Hiatt, has a post for you highlighting some of our newsroom's impressive, impactful work of late—including two big investigations in just one day and covering voting rights the way it needs to be done—that we hope you’ll agree is worth supporting.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate