Liberal PAC targets York County seniors, Trump plans last-minute Pa. rallies
A political action committee this weekend will target older voters in York and Dauphin counties with a last minute ad-buy, as President Donald Trump is slated to make several stops in the battleground state.
Really American PAC, a liberal organization based in Washington, will air the ad titled "Trump Hates Seniors" on FOX 43 and multiple streaming services, said Justin Horwitz, the PAC's founder.
"We're just trying to hit seniors," Horwitz said, noting that most of that messaging has been aimed toward Florida, but is coming to Pennsylvania as the race tightens.
About 18% of York County's population is 65 or older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Slightly more than 17% of Dauphin County's population falls into that age group.
Really American PAC's ad aims to convince seniors — who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 — that Trump has failed them during the pandemic.
The ad includes a clip where Trump claims that the disease "affects virtually nobody," met with a clip of Democratic nominee Joe Biden saying that the president cares more about the stock market than seniors.
It also includes news coverage of Trump's campaign rally at a retirement village in Florida, where senior spectators stood shoulder-to-shoulder, many of whom were not wearing masks.
But the 11th-hour ad will not be the only message amplified this weekend, as Trump is scheduled to hold multiple rallies in Pennsylvania, arenas where he typically praises his handling of the pandemic and care for seniors.
Over the weekend, the president will hold rallies in Bucks County, Reading, Butler and Montoursville.
On Monday, he will also campaign in Scranton, Biden's home state.
Recent Trump rallies have been linked to surged in COVID-19 cases in multiple states, including Pennsylvania, CNN reported Friday.
Election Day is Nov. 3.
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