Democrats are running print ads around campaign events in Iowa on Saturday reminding voters of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
The Democratic National Committee ads, first provided to NBC News, include full-page ads in local newspapers serving two cities Trump plans to visit on Jan. 6, the anniversary of the riot at the U.S. Capitol: Newton and Clinton, Iowa.
The ads will appear Saturday in the Northwest Iowa Review, Clinton Herald, Newton Daily News and The Globe Gazette, and will include the headline, “Three years ago, Donald Trump attacked our Democracy. If given the chance, he would do it again. Don’t let him.”
The ad’s portrayal of Trump as a threat to democracy is in line with how President Joe Biden is trying to plan for the upcoming general election, where Biden is set to square off against his likely challenger in Pennsylvania on Friday.
“Donald Trump’s campaign is focused on the past, not the future. He is ready to sacrifice our democracy. Put yourself in power. Our campaign is different. For me and Kamala, our campaign is about America,” Biden said during a speech in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Democrats are aiming to address an issue that has proven itself in recent polls, as well as in the 2022 midterm elections: preserving democracy.
“It’s been three years since Trump staged a vicious attack on our democracy, but the memory grows brighter for voters every day as he ramps up his threats by praising dictators and promising to be one himself,” said DNC National Press Secretary Sarafina Chitika.
Trump’s allies attacked Iowa this week on behalf of the former president, trying to play down the significance of the anniversary. The incident is a relatively rare occurrence in the GOP presidential race.
“People don’t care,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said Thursday in Keokuk, Iowa. “It’s all over.”