Democratic National Committee

"This Is Not a Test" +

:60 TV ad from July 27, 2020 run in AZ, FL, MI and WI; also a Spanish-language version (+).


Male Announcer:  This is not a test.

Trump:  We have it totally under's one person.

Male Announcer:  He promised it would disappear.

Trump:  It goes away in April with the heat.

Male News Announcer (audio):  More dead than from the 9-11 terror attacks.

Male Announcer:  Unprepared and making it up.

Trump:  ...ultraviolet...supposing you brought the light inside the body...

Male Announcer:  Other countries followed guidance.  He ignored science.

Trump:  Slow the testing down...

Female News Announcer (audio):  Most new cases in a single day.
Male News Announcer (audio):  4,000,000 cases.

Male Announcer:  Desperate to reopen schools because he thinks it will save his re-election.

Trump:  We have to open the schools...

Female News Announcer (audio):  Critical shortage of PPE.

Male Announcer:  Threatening their funding.

Trump:  When they don't open their schools, we're not going to fund them.

Male Announcer:  Ignoring how the virus spreads, risking teachers' and parents lives, going against the advice of experts.

Trump:  It's had very little impact on young people.

[School bell ringing]

Male Announcer:  Do you trust him to do what's best for our children?  Because this is not a test.  Trump is failing.

Trump:  I aced it.  I aced the test.

Notes:  The July 27, 2020 press release:

WATCH: NEW AD: ‘This Is Not a Test’

The DNC War Room released a new television ad today, “This Is Not a Test,” to call out Donald Trump for gambling with children’s health and safety. Trump is trying to force schools to fully reopen before they’re able to do so safely, despite coronavirus cases surging across the country, because he thinks it will help with his reelection. The six-figure buy will target persuadable voters in battleground states.


Experts, scientists, teachers, and parents know that Trump can’t be trusted to decide when schools should reopen. It’s Trump’s fault that the outbreak got this bad in the first place. Trump should focus on getting the virus under control, and stop trying to force schools to reopen before they’re able to do so safely.

“Donald Trump has put American families in an impossible position. Parents shouldn’t have to stay up at night worried that the president of the United States is compromising their kids’ safety. Children shouldn’t be exposed to a deadly virus, or risk passing the virus to their parents, grandparents, and loved ones. Trump will do anything to help his reelection chances. He can’t be trusted to make this life-or-death decision for our children. It’s time for a leader who will protect America’s kids, and give families and teachers the support they deserve. It’s time for Joe Biden,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez.