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Center-left Twitter is losing its mind after presidential candidate Joe Biden released an ad Wednesday calling Trump “a president the world is laughing at.”
Biden tweeted the ad, in the wake of NATO leaders laughing at Trump, saying he is “dangerously incompetent and incapable of world leadership.”
Twitter had strong reactions.
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
Biden’s ad features a video of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gossiping about President Trump. Though Trump is not mentioned by name, the world leaders were discussing someone who takes “40-minute press conferences.”
The ad also features a clip of Trump getting a laughed at the United Nations General Assembly after claiming his administration had accomplished more than “almost any administration in the history of our country,” and includes voiceovers of various newscasters reporting on the times Trump has been “laughed at” or “ridiculed.”
Those who love themselves some Joe Biden are eating it up. The ad has been viewed eight million times and retweeted 59,000 times. Tommy Vietor, co-host of Pod Save America, called the ad “the best anti-Trump ad I’ve seen yet” and said “most Americans, especially swing voters, don’t want to be embarrassed by their President. They want America to be respected.”
This is the best anti-Trump ad I've seen yet. Don't be fooled by the MAGA spin that his base loves this, they're draining the swamp, blah blah. Most Americans, especially swing voters, don't want to be embarrassed by their President. They want America to be respected. https://t.co/998sAcAUwZ— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) December 5, 2019
Jon Favreau, co-host of Pod Saves America, simply said: “this is a very smart ad.”
This is a very smart ad https://t.co/FhlBl4tLf9— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) December 5, 2019
But right-wing Twitter is dubbing the ad elitist and ineffective. Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted “I’m sure Michigan voters will resonate to the message that we must have a president respected by Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau.”
I’m sure Michigan voters will resonate to the message that we must have a president respected by Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau https://t.co/ML9ksZ9cPi— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 5, 2019
Tim Miller, a former Pod Save America guest, fired back at Shapiro and called Trump “such a buffoon he stands out for his buffoonery in every room he’s in on the world stage.”
Everyone in Michigan is totally unbothered by having a president who is such a buffoon that he stands out for his buffoonery in every room he’s in on the world stage? Are we sure? https://t.co/OZc9WU1DdR— Tim Miller (@Timodc) December 5, 2019
But not everyone is rushing to Biden’s defense and slamming Trump. Some feel Biden is getting too much credit for his anti-Trump ads, and don’t think anti-Trump rhetoric will help a Democratic nominee win in the long-run.
A lot are pointing out that Hillary Clinton focused on an anti-Trump narrative in 2016 and it was not nearly as effective as she hoped.
"anti-Trump" has an 0-for-1 record against Trump in Presidential elections.— Zach (@toofout) December 5, 2019
Luckily, Bernie and Warren both have a bunch of other messages. https://t.co/sfFwaMP75e
This is *literally* identical to the failed strategy Hillary Clinton employed which allowed Donald Trump to become president in the first place https://t.co/lrfCrHURjp— Luke Savage (@LukewSavage) December 5, 2019
oh my god these guys are so dumb. this is just what hillary tried to do!!!! fuck!!!! https://t.co/aowbpLGLSF— guy fieri 2020 campaign manager (@libbycwatson) December 5, 2019
I remember when John Kerry triumphed over Bush with this winning message https://t.co/04Itmqi9qY— looking for CoD teammates on Raya (@ByYourLogic) December 5, 2019
the pod save guys have such good political instincts that they convinced elizabeth warren to release a five minute race science video to prove she was 1/1000th native american https://t.co/vLgwfIqQM9— keep the class hatred strong (@singlepayertom) December 5, 2019
Biden is running from the same “let’s build on the Obama years” playbook that cost Clinton the election, so it’s not surprising he’d run a similar ad.
Esther Bell is a writer for the Daily Dot. She recently graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, and her work has appeared in Bustle and Teen Vogue.