In their letter to stations, the Trump campaign says that the Super PAC, Priorities USA Action, "stitched together fragments from multiple speeches by President Trump to fraudulently and maliciously imply that President Trump called the coronavirus outbreak a "hoax.' They contend that Trump was in fact "talking about the Democrat's politicization of the outbreak when he used the word 'hoax.'" FactCheck.org noted that Trump told reporters the next day that he was not calling the virus a hoax, but the Democrats" response to it".
"We have it totally under control". It's one person coming in from China. I like this stuff.
"I think there are certain people that would like it not to open so quickly", he responded.
In recent days he has again compared the epidemic to the seasonal flu and questioned the necessity of tough quarantine measures to stop its spread by saying such drastic efforts were not taken in response to vehicle crashes or flu outbreaks.
At a February 28 rally, Trump said, "They tried the impeachment hoax".
This is the ad the Trump campaign claims is "patently false, misleading, and deceptive", says he did not call the coronavirus a "hoax", and essentially claims the ad says he did.
"Because PUSA's ad's central point is deliberately false and misleading, your station has an obligation to cease and desist from airing it immediately to comply with FCC licensing requirements, to serve the public interest, and to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation", the campaign wrote.
Priorities USA, a political action committee that's backed Democratic candidates, paid $6 million to run the ad in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, The Hill reported.
The campaign threatens to take legal action, but it's just as likely an attempt to try to call attention to Trump's effort to refute the spot. "Let's make sure as many people as possible see this ad".