President Trump's reelection campaign sent cease and desist letters to local news outlets on Wednesday threatening legal action if they refused to stop airing a Democratic super PAC's ad suggesting the president called the coronavirus a "hoax."
Priorities USA, led by a former adviser to Hillary Clinton, released the ad as part of a $6 million effort to attack Trump's response to the pandemic.
"Should you fail to immediately cease broadcasting PUSA’s ad 'Exponential Threat,' Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. will have no choice but to pursue all legal remedies available to it in law and in equity; we will not stand idly by and allow you to broadcast false, deceptive, and misleading information concerning President’s Trump’s healthcare positions without consequence," read the letters, signed by campaign attorney Alex W. Cannon.
"PUSA’s advertisement is false, misleading, and deceptive, and we formally demand that your station refuse to continue airing it to meet your responsibilities not to broadcast false information," the letter read, "Unlike candidate committees, PUSA does not have a 'right to command the use of broadcast facilities.'"
Guy Cecil, a former adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign, leads PUSA, which was created by former campaign officials for Barack Obama.