In the waning hours of the 2020 presidential election, the Lincoln Project has enlisted Harrison Ford to narrate a new ad that plays up President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he will fire Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The spot features a scene from a Trump rally on Sunday in which supporters began chanting “Fire Fauci! Fire Fauci!” and the president responded, “Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait til a little bit after the election.”
Ford then says, “Tomorrow, you can fire only one of them. The choice is yours.”
The spot marked a rare foray into electoral politics for the Indiana Jones star. Ford has been more active in various causes, including issues like climate change, than he has in lending his name to election campaigns. In a recent interview with Time, he called for voters to elect leaders who will address the climate crisis.
Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was critical of Trump’s coronavirus response in an interview with The Washington Post over the weekend.
Fauci said, “We’re in for a whole lot of hurt. It’s not a good situation. All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.”
The Lincoln Project is the never Trump group made up of conservative activists and political operatives, including Rick Wilson, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, Mike Madrid, Reed Galen, George Conway and Jennifer Horn.
Earlier on Monday, they introduced a spot that used Ray Charles’ rendition of America. Schmidt said that it was the first time that Charles’ work was used in a political ad.
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