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Priorities USA ad rips Trump's 'f--- themselves' quote way out of context
Priorities USA, in an anti-Trump ad, quotes the candidate as saying, "And you can tell them to go (bleep) themselves." It comes after multiple comments critical of women.
The super PAC says the sound clip wasn't meant to be taken as a reference to women.
That, as Trump might say, is a huuuuuuuge stretch.
The ad is all about women.
It features seven women and two men, only one of whom has a speaking role. All of the mouthed phrases — except the one in question — clearly attack, criticize or make disturbing references to women.
The ad offers no indication that the "f--- themselves" line refers to anything but women. In fact, it refers to businesses that left the United States.
The statement in the ad represents a ridiculous misrepresentation of what Trump said. We rate it Pants on Fire!READ MORE
How Trump may have walked into a trap set by a Clinton super PAC
For the record, Trump’s quote with the expletive is not about women, but about trade, specifically companies that return jobs to the United States....Given the ad is not explicitly about women, this is a relatively minor violation. (By contrast, this similar attack ad specifically says it is about Trump’s “quotes about women.”)
[Update, May 18: In a rare dispute with our colleagues at PolitiFact, they completely disagreed and thought the use of this quote was worthy of “Pants on Fire."]READ MORE