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Democrats’ new ad targets GOP Senate candidates’ support for Donald Trump

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A new video from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee mocks the Republican U.S. Senate candidates, including Florida’s U.S. Reps. David Jolly and Ron DeSantis, for supporting Donald Trump.

The spot is summed up in the last lines of the video:

Footage of Trump at a podium has him declare, “What the hell are we doing?”

“Exactly,” text on the screen responds.

The 90-second video “Support” features a dozen Republican U.S. Senate candidates across the country including Jolly of St. Petersburg and DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach explaining why they would support Trump as the GOP presidential nominee, or, at least, trying to say nice things about him.

The footage is interspersed every few of seconds with clips of Trump swearing during speeches or making some of his more controversial comments.

Jolly says, “He is speaking truly of the anger among the American people,” and DeSantis says, “Donald has hit a nerve with a lot of folks,” and a couple of other Senate candidates from other states say similar things.

The next shots show Trump saying, “This is your mother-f*******,” and “They don’t give a s***” and “Well beat the s*** out of them,” and “You can tell them to go f*** themselves.”

That’s followed by text reading, “Republicans running for U.S. Senate, running with Trump.”

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at

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