'This will backfire': DNC slammed for unveiling 'convicted felon' billboard near Trump's Arizona rally

'This will backfire': DNC slammed for unveiling 'convicted felon' billboard near Trump's Arizona rally
DNC labeled Donald Trump a convicted felon' in new political advertisement (Julia Nikhinson-Pool/Getty Images)

PHOENIX, ARIZONA: The Democratic National Convention sharpened its attack against former President Donald Trump with a new political advertisement referring to him as a "convicted felon."

On Thursday, June 6, a week after the 45th president's hush money conviction, the DNC unveiled its first billboard calling him a felon only miles away from his scheduled rally in Phoenix, Arizona, according to media outlet Meidas Touch News.

The billboard has both English and Spanish versions that read, "Trump already attacked Arizona's democracy once. Now he's back as a convicted felon. He's out for revenge and retribution. Trump: unfit to serve."

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DNC's new billboard addressing Donald Trump's hush money conviction in Phoenix, Arizona (Democratic Party/Facebook)

The DNC paid advertisement is facing southbound traffic on I-17. This major freeway passes through the center of Phoenix, located seven miles from the venue where Trump's 'Chase the Vote' rally is being held. The event, joined by Turning Point Action CEO Charlie Kirk, would be the former president's first official campaign stop since the criminal verdict.

DNC says Trump will attack Arizona if elected in November

The DNC's decision to explicitly label Trump a felon came after President Joe Biden broke his silence and directly addressed his predecessor as a "convicted felon" at a fundraiser in Greenwich, Connecticut, this week.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 14: U.S. President Joe Biden announces increased tariffs on Chinese products to promote American investments and jobs in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 14, 2024 in Washington, DC. In order to protect American businesses, Biden announced the raising of tariffs on Chinese imports that he says are unfairly subsidized by Beijing, including electric vehicles, solar cells, semiconductors and advanced batteries. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
President Joe Biden called Donald Trump a 'convicted felon' at a recent fundraiser (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

"If Trump, now a convicted felon, wins in November, he pledges to be a dictator 'on day one' in order to implement his agenda of revenge and retribution: stoking political violence while attacking Arizonans' reproductive and democratic rights," DNC deputy communications director Abhi Rahman said after the decision to unveil the billboard.

"That's why Arizonans will reject Trump in November and again unite behind President Biden and Vice President Harris to defend democracy and deliver for Arizona families," Rahman added.

On May 30, a 12-panel Manhattan jury found Trump guilty in all 34 charges of falsifying his business records to conceal a payoff to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 21: Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the courtroom during his hush money trial at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 21, 2024 in New York City. Attorney Robert Costello will be back on the stand in Trump's hush money trial with the defense expected to rest their case. Judge Juan Merchan says to expect summations and closing arguments in the criminal trial next week. Former U.S. President Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first of his criminal cases to go to trial. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
Donald Trump was found guilty in all charges in the New York hush money case ( Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Throughout the trial, the former president claimed that the case had been brought by Biden and, therefore, was rigged and politically motivated.

However, the guilty verdict boosted Trump's fundraising, securing  $53 million in 24 hours after the conviction and ending May with a record-smashing $141 million in donations.

Internet slams DNC over its billboard calling Trump 'convicted felon'

Internet users did not welcome the DNC's "convicted felon' billboard about Trump. Many on social media pointed out such a move would backfire.

A user said, "Too much text for a billboard. People won’t read it. Wasted money." Another remarked, "what a terrible campaign. they got nothing but crap to show for 4 years so they are dishing it out."



"We should be hitting him on what he did, but calling him a felon isn’t going to work. Look at the rally today," opined a third user.

A fourth response read, "That should get him another 50 million in donations."

Another person said, "This will back fire. The convicted Felon is now polling even with Biden in VIRGINIA!!"




"Aren't these the same people who want all convicted felons to be free and erase 'the stigma'? And yet here they use it to smear a person," somone else chimed in.

An individual wrote, "That is all they wanted. Two words to plaster everywhere because they have no accomplishments to tout."

Another user added, "This is their only play, they needed this. 'Convicted felon ' will be their new talking point because they surely can't run on their record the last 4 years."




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