Two weeks before the election, a pro-Donald Trump Spanish-language ad has hit the airwaves in Nevada that shows a video clip of his Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, barking.
The ad, one of two created by the Great America PAC that are apparently the first Spanish-language television spots promoting Trump, features a narrator saying, “If you want the dog, accept the fleas.”
The line refers to allegations that the Clinton Foundation was involved in "pay to play" corruption and suggests that if the nation elects Clinton as president, shady conduct will be part of the package.
The clip of Clinton barking came from a Reno campaign stop in which she imitated an old radio ad from Arkansas that would air the sound of barking to note when a politician was lying, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The PAC said pro-Trump Spanish-language ads started running Monday on cable in Nevada and elsewhere.
The ad features the clip of Clinton barking like a dog as well as pictures of her with world leaders such as impeached Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, former Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.
Another spot features Clinton comforting a young girl named Karla Ortiz, who told the Democratic candidate at a Las Vegas event that she feared her parents would be deported. It follows with a 2015 clip of Clinton saying she voted as a senator to fund a barrier to prevent illegal immigration.
Clinton leads Trump among Latino voters by about 50 points, according to the Journal.
The former secretary of state and her supporters have poured millions of dollars into Latino outreach efforts, while Trump has done little, the Journal noted.
Clinton debuted her first Spanish-language television ad of the general election in September, focusing on Trump’s vow to step up deportations.
Some Trump supporters have expressed frustration over the real estate mogul's lagging efforts to connect with Latinos.
Roger Stone, a Trump supporter and former political adviser, said in an interview with The Hill that the campaign's New York-based leadership did not have a good grasp of the importance of the Latino electorate and how to reach out to it. Stone said that in Florida, for example, Trump's campaign directors Karen Giorno and Susie Wiles, who replaced Giorno after a shake-up in September, had the skills to reach Latinos voters and promote the candidate, but have not gotten the resources or support they needed.
“She knows how to carry the state," he said of Wiles, who managed Gov. Rick Scott's 2010 campaign. "But they never gave her the resources to do so. Where, for instance, were the Spanish-language ads touting Trump’s economic message?”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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