New TV Ad Targets Trump's Treatment of Disability


A new political ad airing on TV in battleground states is taking aim at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s treatment of people with disabilities.

The 60-second spot is being aired by Priorities USA Action, a political action committee that endorses Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, and features Chris and Lauren Glaros, a couple whose daughter Grace was born with spina bifida.

In the ad titled “Grace,” the Glaroses are shown discussing life with their daughter before the video cuts to the once-viral clip of Trump mocking New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has arthogryposis, a condition that impairs his arm movements.

“You ought to see this guy,” Trump is shown saying of Kovaleski, whom he met a dozen times in the 1980s as Kovaleski covered his business career. In the clip, Trump widens his eyes and splays his arms, seemingly mimicking Kovaleski.

In the ad, Chris and Lauren Glaros are seen reacting to the CNN footage interspersed with their comments.

“The children at Grace’s school all know never to mock her,” Lauren Glaros says in the ad. “And so for an adult to mock someone with a disability is shocking.”

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

Priorities USA Action, which previously aired two spots attacking Trump’s stance on women, will run the Glaros ad in states such as Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Nevada, Iowa and New Hampshire, according to The Los Angeles Times.

“Voters’ knowledge of Trump is a mile wide and an inch deep. As a result, the most devastating attacks against Trump are with the very words that come out of his mouth,” Justin Barasky, communications director of Priorities USA Action, told The Mighty. “We’re still early in our paid media campaign that will ultimately reach millions of voters on a great number of issues that highlight his divisive, dangerous record.”

What’s your take? Let us know in the comments below.

Related to Disability

Audience sitting in multiplex movie theater, watching movie.

How We Can Truly Fight Disability Bias in Entertainment

Editor’s note: On June 7, 2016, Gary Owen agreed to remove the segment in his Showtime special in which he depicts people with intellectual disabilities. Effective immediately, the special will still be available On Demand but will not include this portion. More details here. During the summer of 2006, Oakland, California was plagued by a [...]
Laura Rutherford’s son, Brody

Why We Need Better Public Restrooms for People With Disabilities

I’m not a fan of public restrooms, but I’ll use them. When you need to go, you need to go! I’m the type of person who uses tissue to flush and unlock the door. The type of person who makes sure my bag hangs on the back of the door and doesn’t touch the floor [...]

5 Myths People With Invisible Disabilities Desperately Want Busted

As a young woman battling serious illness with multiple hidden medical devices, I have found there is a high rate of unnecessary and hurtful comments by those who assume I am not sick. This encounter seems to be a reoccurring experience for many patients battling hidden or invisible disabilities. After surveying a small population of [...]
me before you poster

New Film, 'Me Before You,' Draws Criticism From Disability Activists

Warning, this article contains spoilers.  “Disabled bodies are capable bodies. It’s time our media portrayed that.” “Stop perpetuating the idea that disabled people only exist to make you feel better about your life by comparison.” “Disabled people are constantly told that we’re a burden and should put abled people before us.” These are just some [...]