Barack Obama stepped into the 2020 election with one announcement
Democrats are locked in a messy primary fight for the Presidential nomination.
Since Barack Obama is still the party leader, many Democrats are looking to the former President for guidance.
And now Barack Obama stepped into the 2020 election with one announcement.
The super PAC “Committee to Defend the President” has been running a TV ad in South Carolina attacking Joe Biden using word’s from Barack Obama’s 1995 book, Dreams from My Father.
In the ad, a narrator accuses Biden of failing to stand up for black voters and uses words from Obama’s book about “plantation politics” to imply Obama believes Biden was one of the Democrats who only care about black voters once every four years.
Lawyer Patchen Haggerty from the firm of Perkins Coie – the same law firm Hillary Clinton’s campaign funneled money through to pay Fusion GPS to produce the Christopher Steele dossier – fired off a letter demanding the Committee to Defend the President stop using Barack Obama’s “intellectual property.”
“This unauthorized use of President Obama’s name, image, likeness, voice and book passage is clearly intended to mislead the target audience of the ad into believing that the passage from the audiobook is a statement that was made by President Barack Obama during his presidency, when it was in fact made by a barber in a completely different context more than 20 years ago. To this end, the Committee to Defend the President must immediately remove this ad . . . further the Committee to Defend the President must agree on behalf of itself and all affiliated entities to refrain from future misuse of President Obama’s intellectual property or right of publicity,” Haggerty wrote.
Obama – through spokeswoman Katie Hill went even further and demanded South Carolina TV stations take the ad down.
“In the interest of truth in advertising, we are calling on TV stations to take this ad down and stop playing into the hands of bad actors who seek to sow division and confusion among the electorate,” Hill added.
Obama has not endorsed any candidate in this race.
But the rise of Sanders has many Democrat elites frightened.
Obama weighing on behalf of Biden to demand an attack ad get pulled down could be a signal to other party leaders not to throw in the towel and roll over for a Sanders nomination.