by Chris White
Sen. Cory Booker’s presidential campaign aired an advertisement Sunday hyping his supposed ability to use love to defeat what the senator’s team believes is President Donald Trump’s “bigotry.”
The new ad comes as Booker’s campaign works furiously to raise his slagging poll numbers as the presidential election drags on into 2020. The New Jersey Democrat’s team has committed itself to ramping up a persuasion campaign designed to reinvigorate interest in the senator.
“I’m here because of love, a heroic love that pushed people to march, knowing they could be beaten,” Booker says in the digital ad as images of 1960s era protests flash across the screen. “The truth of America is that we win when we come together and show the best of who we are.”
He added: “That how we’ve beaten demagogues and bigots before, and that’s how we’ll beat Donald Trump.” Booker’s ad displays images of white supremacists marching with tiki torches before showing a black and white photo of Trump dismissively waving to reporters.
Trump denounced all forms of racism in an August 2018 tweet that specifically mentioned the Charlottesville riots that occurred in 2017. The tweet came before a “Unite The Right” rally.
Booker’s campaign continues to tread water ahead of February’s Iowa caucuses.
He managed to garner just 2% support in a Quinnipiac poll conducted between Nov. 21 and 25. Booker’s polling numbers are similar to those of other third-tier candidates, such as Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Kamala Harris of California, both of whom are mired in single digits.
Trump is seeing a modest improvement in his approval numbers since House Democrat’s kickstarted an impeachment inquiry. His approval ratings has climbed to 48% compared to a 47% disapproval, while support for impeachment has plummeted from 48% to 43%, according to a poll Nov. 22 poll published by Emerson.
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Chris White is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.