Trump Campaign’s Final Midterms Ad: ‘Future … Not Guaranteed’

Fact check: Spot doesn’t mention economy slowed under GOP President Bush

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a campaign rally at the Ford Center on Thursday in Evansville, Indiana. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
Supporters of President Donald Trump gather for a campaign rally at the Ford Center on Thursday in Evansville, Indiana. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
Posted October 29, 2018 at 9:54am

The Trump campaign announced a $6 million midterms closing argument television ad blitz that will try to convince voters they are better off than they were before President Donald Trump took office.

But it excludes some facts.

“When I look at how things are, it reminds me of how far we’ve come,” a woman says at the start of the minute-long ad as a mother helps her young daughter put on her backpack.

The ad then plays television news footage of anchors and reporters talking about the then-floundering U.S. economy — in 2010.

Watch: New Trump Ad Declares The Future ‘Isn’t Guaranteed’

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[Fact check: The economy had rebounded — though via slow but steady growth under President Barack Obama — by the time Trump secured the GOP presidential nomination in the summer of 2016.]

“But things are starting to change. There’s more opportunity and security to invest in the ones that matter,” the narrator says. “But this can all go away if we don’t remember what we came from and choose the right future. Because the future we’re fighting for is not guaranteed.”

[Fact check: The economic collapse began not under Democrat Obama in 2010, but under another Republican president, George W. Bush, in 2007 then intensifying into what became known as the “Great Recession” in 2008. But the ad never mentions the specific timeline of the slowdown.]

The ad — which also offers a preview of his 2020 reelection pitch — matches part of the president’s campaign-trail closing pitch that handing Democrats control of the House and/or Senate would hit average Americans in their bank accounts. At recent rallies, Trump has warned Democrats would bring higher taxes and health care changes that would created new costs of Americans. He also argues Democrats want to give federal benefits to undocumented migrants at the expense of American citizens.

[Fact check: The president’s claims about Democrats and migrant benefits are delivered without evidence and appear mostly false.]