After making a late entrance into the Democratic race for Florida governor, billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene is putting $2.9 million into a week of statewide TV and online advertising — including an ad that shows him in what appears to be a face-to-face argument with President Donald Trump.
The Greene campaign today released a one-minute biographical ad highlighting Greene’s modest beginnings and his father’s job loss and a 30-second spot offering the fairly commonplace Democratic pledge that Greene will “stand up” to Trump on guns, health care and abortion rights.
What makes the 30-second ad unique, however, is the claim that Greene is “the only candidate in America who was willing to stand up to Trump in his own dining room” as a video clip shows Trump gesturing at Greene in the dining room at Trump International Golf Club and Greene gesturing back.
<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/277098500″>Jeff Greene Stands Up To Trump</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/jeffgreeneforflorida”>Jeff Greene</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Greene’s campaign said the video is from December 2016, when Trump was president-elect and saw Greene, who was attending a friend’s birthday dinner. (While the Greene camp takes pains to point out that Greene is not a member of the golf club, it doesn’t mention that he is a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club.)
According to the Greene campaign’s description of the video, Trump “became agitated, pointing at Greene and yelling to those seated at his table about how Jeff Greene spent money to support Hillary Clinton’s campaign and went on national TV to speak out against him. Greene stood his ground and replied that yes, he supported Hillary Clinton, he is a proud Democrat, and that he did not agree with Trump or his campaign. Greene’s wife was seated two tables away from the altercation in the crowded dining room and filmed this clip.”