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Donald Trump Lifted 'Jobs Not Mobs' Ad From Anonymous YouTube User Who Says He Was Sick of Seeing GOP Efforts 'Flounder'

An anonymous man who created a “Jobs Not Mobs” video that President Donald Trump took and tweeted said he made it because he saw Republicans’ efforts to advertise the slogan “flounder,” and that he was “ more than thrilled” that Trump lifted it even without permission.

The man uploaded the video—which states Americans on the November 6 midterm elections can choose between “GOP’s America” that has boosted jobs or “The Left’s America” with images of bloody violence—onto YouTube on October 17. He tweeted it at Trump, some of the president’s family members, the GOP and several public figures on October 20, and Trump tweeted with the message “#JOBSNOTMOBS! VOTE REPUBLICAN NOW!!” on Wednesday.

In a Twitter direct message reply to Newsweek on Thursday, the man said he was inspired to make the video because of “how great” the slogan was and because it had not lived up to its full potential in existing advertisements.

“I saw the GOP attempt it and, quite frankly, flounder,” he wrote. “They probably wasted thousands upon thousands of dollars on those videos and they came across as flimsy and were ultimately crippled by the old way of advertising by featuring cheesy voice overs and ‘scary’ black and white; those types of ads haven't convinced anyone to vote any differently since the 60's.”

He concluded: “I wanted to see if I could do better with no money or resources.”

The man said that Trump has become “the face of the working class” and that his tax cuts, trade war with China and vowing to curb illegal immigration all center around giving middle class Americans a better chance to succeed financially.

He opined that the GOP is the only party mentioning jobs. “The left seems focused on gender and not job security,” he wrote. “I haven't heard them talk about the basic needs of Americans in many years. They live in a bubble and think jobs and security are a given, a default; something that doesn't need to be maintained, let alone strengthened.”

On Wednesday, the man said in a direct message that he had “no contact with anyone at the White House, but I'm more than thrilled the video reached them and was good enough to be shared by President Trump.”

White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Newsweek Thursday on how or why Trump lifted the video.

The man said he was once a Democrat and now classifies himself as an independent. He said he voted for Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004, Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson instead of Trump in the 2016 election. He said he has become a “Trump supporter through circumstance.”

“The Democratic party I once strongly supported is no longer recognizable,” he wrote. “Abolish ICE? Curbing illegal immigration is racist? Not acknowledging ANTIFA is a problem, let alone real? I'm a fair minded person, but soon began to realize my party had become unrecognizable.”

He would not reveal his identity, but offered some details about himself: “I'm a middle aged man. I'm white. I'm someone that works in Hollywood. I am a notable person but because of the state of the climate, I chose to make this video anonymously.”

His Twitter account, @JFord1984, as of Thursday afternoon only had three posts, all of the video: his original October 20 tweet at Trump, and retweets of Trump’s post and a post of the video by American actor and producer James Woods.

Woods is 71 years old and appears to have converted from a Democrat to a Republican in 1999, which was years before the anonymous man voted in support of Democrats including Kerry and Obama.

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