A super PAC that supports GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has only increased its promotion of an anti-Clinton ad following the Democratic nominee's campaign's attempt to bar the advertisement with cease-and-desist letters to Florida television stations.
The ad from the Defeat Crooked Hillary PAC, a subsidiary of the pro-Trump Make America Number 1 PAC, features a clip of Michelle Obama seemingly jabbing Hillary Clinton's home life in 2008 when Clinton was competing for the Democratic nod against her husband, Barack Obama:
One of the things, the important aspects of this race, is role modeling what good families should look like. And my view is that if you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House.
In the cease-and-desist letter, Marc Elias, general counsel for Hillary for America, contends that Michelle Obama was talking about her own family — not Clinton's — when she made the remarks. And the Obamas themselves even denied in 2008 that the future first lady was referring her husband's opponent.
"Michelle Obama is discussing what measures she and her husband, then-Senator Barack Obama, had taken to help keep their daughters grounded during the hectic campaign season," Elias wrote in the letter obtained by TheBlaze. "There is no reference to Secretary Clinton."
Elias pointed out that Michelle Obama has endorsed Clinton and campaigned for the former secretary of state in 2016.
He also appealed to the television stations to cease airing the ad:
Unlike federal candidates, independent political organizations like Make America Number 1 do not have a "right to command the use of broadcast facilities."
Because you do not need to air this advertisement, your station bears responsibility for its content when you do grant access.
Moreover, you have a duty to "protect the public from false, misleading or deceptive advertising."
But despite the letter, the Defeat Crooked Hillary PAC will continue to air the 30-second spot in Florida, including "bracketing it around the first lady's campaign stops on digital media in those markets," a Make America Number 1 PAC spokeswoman told TheBlaze.
In its own letter to television markets, the PAC's lawyer Larry Levy contended that Hillary for America cannot "threaten legal action to prevent the public from making up its own mind" about the spot:
Ostensibly, HFA tries to deny the public an opportunity to view our advertisement because it is 'false and misleading.' In reality, HFA simply finds it politically inconvenient that a top surrogate for its candidate once held a differing view concerning her qualifications for office.
He added that it's up to the public to interpret who Michelle Obama's comment was directed toward.
A spokesperson for the PAC also doubled down on the advertisement's impact, particularly for female voters.
"Hillary's just angry because the ad is impactful, it's working and it speaks director to the women she's been trying to con for years," Hogan Gidley of Defeat Crooked Hillary said. "Hillary's own campaign said when Michelle Obama speaks out, 'it has a real impact,' and indeed, we agree — because it was Mrs. Obama who correctly pointed out Hillary Clinton 'certainly can't run the White House.'"
The ad has been viewed more than 143,000 times on YouTube since it was posted in September.
Clinton has less than a two-point lead in Florida with less than two weeks to go in the election, according to Real Clear Politics’ aggregated polling data.
Read both letters below.