Congressional campaign ads targeting President Donald Trump appear to be off to an early start, with one candidate in California already asking voters: â€œHow do you stop a bully?â€
The TV ad, which the Los Angeles Times reportsÂ first aired Monday, begins and ends with black-and-white close-ups of an angry Trump.
How do you stop a bully? Democratic candidate Sara HernandezÂ of Los Angeles says it takes a teacher like her. With lines reminiscent of Trumpâ€™s â€œoutsiderâ€ campaign message, however, she also emphasizes that sheâ€™s not â€œpart of the establishment or special interests,â€ and that sheâ€™s been kicking â€œreal buttâ€ for the community. â€œTake Trump back to school,â€ the 30-second spot concludes.Â
Itâ€™s too early in the game to know how well Hernandez, a lawyer who has worked as a city council aide and nonprofit head, will fare in the race for the 34th Congressional District. Twenty-three candidates are running for the position that opened up when Xavier Becerra became stateâ€™s attorney general.
The ad is likely a taste of things to come in the lead-up to Aprilâ€™s primary race.Â
Fourth-term Rep.Â Mike CoffmanÂ (R-Colo.) wasÂ the first Republican in the nation to take on Trump with a paid advertisementÂ before he even became president,Â Politico reported in August.
â€œPeople ask me, â€˜What do you think about Trump?â€™â€ Coffman says at the start of the ad.Â â€œHonestly, I donâ€™t care for him much.â€ (He says the same about Hillary Clinton.)
The Iraq War vet adds: â€œIf Donald Trump is president, Iâ€™ll stand up to him, plain and simple.â€
He offered the same ad in Spanish. Latinos make up some 20 percent of the 6th Congressional District, which includes suburban Denver. Coffman likely declared his stance early because his district tends to be hotly contested and Trump supporters could face an uphill battle, Politico notes.
But some of Coffmanâ€™s constituents were angry last month when he and three other GOP representatives from Colorado backed steps to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, just the way Trump wanted them to.Â Coffman ducked out of a local meeting to findÂ several frustrated votersÂ waiting to talk to him about the issue.
As for the rest of the country, campaigns will be heating up soon.
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