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President Donald Trump’s campaign is set to spring for a giant anti-socialism banner along with a plane to fly it over Houston before Thursday night’s Democratic debate.
The banner and flight will reportedly cost around $7,500 and it will fly from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., just an hour before the start of the debate.
The banner will read, “Socialism Will Kill Houston’s Economy” above a plea to “Vote Trump 2020,” according to a rendition provided to ABC News by the Trump campaign.
“Every single Democrat candidate has job killing, economy crushing policies that won’t work for America,” said campaign deputy communications director Erin Perrine in a statement to ABC News.
“Team Trump is here to remind them and let everyone in Houston know what a complete disaster Democrats are for America,” she added.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale appeared to confirm the report in a tweet Wednesday.
“Socialism SUCKS and @TeamTrump is flying high above the Dem debate in Houston to remind the circus in town that their policies will hurt Houston, Texas and America!” he tweeted.
Trump and Republicans have made a practice of pointing out Democrats’ socialistic policy positions, and evidence suggests it could be an effective tactic.
While 50 percent of Americans view socialism in a negative light, only 18 percent of all Americans say they view socialism positively, according to a Wall Street Journal poll conducted in May.
The campaign also plans to take out two full-page advertisements in local newspapers taking aim at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), former Vice President Joe Biden and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. The ads will run in Houston and in San Antonio, where Castro was born, the campaign said.
In the ads, the campaign attacks the candidates on economic issues and singles out Castro specifically for “obstructing the president.”
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) September 12, 2019