The Lincoln Project released one of the group’s last videos before the end of the 2020 elections, in which the anti-President Donald Trump organization ridiculed Republicans for “going down with the ship” alongside Trump’s presidency.
The Conservative group’s latest video, released Tuesday, features a superimposed image of Trump dancing aboard the sinking ship, from the 1975 film Jaws, and shows dozens of Republican lawmakers dodging questions about Trump’s behavior and being pulled into the ocean next to the President. Lincoln Project Super PAC has created numerous billboards and videos that mocked the Trump family and ridiculed the president for exempting the GOP from integrity and traditional conservative values.
The devastating video shows American voters and reporters repeatedly interviewing Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, and Arizona Senator Martha McSally: “Are you proud of your support for President Trump?
“If the Republican Senate candidates get scared that Trump will pull them down, they will continue to cling to him when he may crash to the bottom of the ocean,” says The Young Turks host John Iadarola as he and his co-host Ana Kasparian discuss Republican hypocrisy on a floating television set.
Aboard the Orca, Captain Quint’s ill-fated ship from The Great White Shark, which sinks at the end of the film, an overlayed GIF from Trump Dancing can be seen. The Dido song “White Flag” plays in the background of the clip for the Lincoln Project, which contains the text: “I will go down with this ship/And I will not raise my hands and surrender/There will be no white flag over my door/I am in love and always will be”.
Following the motto “Trump will bring the entire Republican Party down with him”, at one point you can see a blue wave waving over the White House. Numerous audio clips with notorious or embarrassing remarks from the first four years of the President’s term of office are played.
“One of the wettest we’ve ever seen in terms of water,” says Trump in response to Hurricane Florence, which swept over the Carolinas in September 2018. “They are surrounded by water, big water, ocean water.”
Excerpts from Trump’s presidency statements are featured in the Lincoln Project mashup. One hears the now famous phrase “that call was perfect,” an allusion to his call to the Ukrainian president in 2019, and “Hush money for porn stars” refers to the $130,000 that his ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen, reportedly paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep secret an alleged sexual date between her and the president.
A piece of MSNBC footage used in the ad features host Chris Hayes asking, “What do you understand about why the Republicans are going down with Trump? His guest compares this to the widespread misconception about the rodent lemmings that they commit mass suicide by following each other over cliffs. Another MSNBC clip features host Brian Williams talking about the suppression of black neighborhood voters during the early voting process in this election.
Also in the ad is a voter urging a Republican legislature to support Trump: “We get conspiracy theories and we get lies. Where’s the line, when are you guys gonna say ‘enough’?”
Washington Newsday turned to the White House and the Lincoln Project on Tuesday night for additional comments.