Jun 6, 2016 9:33 PM

First on NH1 News: Pro-Clinton group launches ad in NH that targets Trump

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – The leading outside group backing Hillary Clinton’s White House bid is launching a new ad targeting Donald Trump in seven general election battleground states, including New Hampshire.

In the spot by Priorities USA, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is criticized for his controversial apparent mocking of a reporter with a serious disability.

Priorities USA says it’s spending $20 million to air the commercial starting Tuesday and running through the start of the Republican convention in mid-July in New Hampshire, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa Colorado, and Nevada. NH1 News was first to report on Twitter the ad buy in the Granite State.

The emotionally charged ad features Chris and Lauren Glaros, whose daughter Grace was born with Spina Bifida.

“When I saw Donald Trump mock a disabled person I was just shocked,” says Lauren Glaros. “The children at Grace’s school all know never to mock her, and so for an adult to mock someone with a disability is shocking.”

Chris Glaros adds “when I saw Donald Trump mock somebody with a disability it showed me his soul, it showed me his heart. And I didn’t like what I saw.”

The one-minute long spot also includes cable news footage of the incident of Trump waving his arms and speaking in a weird voice as he appeared to be imitating New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleksi, who suffers from a chronic condition that impairs the movement of his arms.

Kovaleski met Trump around a dozen times in the 1980’s when he was covering the real estate mogul’s business career. Trump denied that he was mocking the reporter in the well-publicized incident.

The spot is the third by Priorities USA to target Trump, but the first to be run in seven battleground states.

The group, which was formed in 2011 and was the top outside group supporting President Obama’s re-election, was successful in going up early in the 2012 general election battle with ads that negatively defined GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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