Biden Campaign Runs Ad Hitting Trump Over His Felony Convictions As First Debate Approaches

As the first presidential debate between President Joe Biden and Donald Trump nears, the Biden campaign is ratcheting up its attacks on the presumptive Republican nominee’s 34 felony convictions.

In a new 30-second ad, Team Biden slams Trump as a “convicted criminal who’s only out for himself.” After the Manhattan jury handed down its verdict last month, Biden has referred to his opponent as a “convicted felon” while his campaign team has celebrated the verdict. Trump is the first former president in American history to be convicted of a crime.

“In the courtroom, we see Donald Trump for who he is,” the Biden campaign ad begins. “He’s been convicted of 34 felonies, found liable for sexual assault, and he committed financial fraud. Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s been working — lowering health care costs and making big corporations pay their fair share.”

“This election is between a convicted criminal who’s only out for himself and a president who’s fighting for your family,” it continues.

The Biden campaign spot is part of a $50 million advertising blitz for June and will run on national cable along with general market television in battleground states ahead of the first debate on June 27, The Hill reported. Biden and Trump’s first debate is set to be held in Atlanta and aired on CNN. Jake Tapper and Dana Bash have been tapped as moderators, and it will take place without a live audience per the Biden campaign’s request.

Trump, who has vowed to appeal his 34 felony convictions, has blasted his prosecution as politically motivated and influenced by the White House. The Republican candidate’s campaign said it raised tens of millions of dollars immediately following Trump’s guilty verdict as conservatives — and some independents — were enraged by the hush-money trial’s outcome.

Trump’s conviction has appeared to have little effect on the polls as the former president continues to lead Biden nationally and in every battleground state, according to the RealClearPolitcs average as of Monday morning. Trump is also facing three other trials, a state trial in Georgia and two federal trials — one in Washington, D.C., and one in Florida — for charges related to his challenging of the 2020 election results and his handling of classified documents after leaving the White House.

Biden and his family have faced their own legal challenges ahead of the 2024 election. In February, special counsel Robert Hur released his final report on the investigation into Biden’s handling of classified documents as vice president and recommended no charges. In the report, Hur wrote, “We have also considered that, at trial, Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.

Last week, the president’s son, Hunter, was convicted on three felony counts of lying on paperwork for a revolver and owning the firearm while being a drug addict in 2018. Hunter Biden and the president’s brother, Jim Biden, have also been the focus of a months-long Republican-led inquiry into the Biden family’s foreign business dealings, which GOP leaders allege implicates the president in a pay-for-play scheme carried out by his family while Biden was vice president.

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