Searing Lincoln Project Election Night Ad Shows Trump, McConnell and Entire GOP on Sinking Ship

The Lincoln Project released one of the group's final videos before the end of the 2020 election, with the anti-President Donald Trump organization ridiculing Republicans for "going down with the ship" alongside Trump's presidency.

The conservative group's latest video released on Tuesday shows a superimposed image of Trump dancing aboard the sinking ship from the 1975 film Jaws. Dozens of Republican lawmakers are shown dodging questions about Trump's behavior and depicted being dragged down into the ocean alongside the president. The Lincoln Project Super PAC has created numerous billboards and videos that mocked the Trump family and ridiculed the president for gutting the GOP of integrity and traditional conservative values.

The scathing video sees American voters and reporters repeatedly asking Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Arizona Senator Martha McSally: "Are you proud of your support for President Trump?"

"If the Republican Senate candidates get scared that Trump is dragging them down, will they continue to cling to him if he's potentially plummeting to the bottom of the ocean?" says The Young Turks host John Iadarola, as he and co-host Ana Kasparian are seen discussing Republican hypocrisy on a floating television.

A superimposed GIF of Trump dancing is seen aboard the the Orca, Captain Quint's ill-fated ship from Jaws, which sinks at the end of the movie. The Dido song "White Flag" plays in the background of the Lincoln Project clip, which contains the lyrics: "I will go down with this ship/And I won't put my hands up and surrender/There will be no white flag above my door/I'm in love and always will be."

Keeping with the theme of Trump bringing the entire Republican Party down with him, a blue wave can be seen washing over the White House at one point. Numerous audio clips are played of notorious or embarrassing remarks from the president's first four years in office.

"One of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water," Trump is heard saying in response to Hurricane Florence striking the Carolinas in September 2018. "They're surrounded by water, big water, ocean water."

Blips of remarks from Trump's presidency are played back to back in the Lincoln Project mash-up. The now-infamous phrase of "that call was perfect" is heard, a reference to his call to Ukraine's president in 2019. And "porn star hush money" refers to the $130,000 his ex-attorney, Michael Cohen, reportedly paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep an alleged sexual tryst between her and the president a secret.

A piece of MSNBC footage used in the ad shows host Chris Hayes asking: "What is your understand why Republicans are sinking with Trump?" His guest compares it to the widely held misconception about the rodent lemmings that they commit mass suicide by following each other over cliffs. Another MSNBC clip shows host Brian Williams discussing voter suppression in Black neighborhoods during early voting of this election.

Also shown in the ad is a voter pressing a Republican lawmaker on the latter's support for Trump: "We get conspiracy theories and we get lies. Where is the line when are you guys going to say 'enough?'"

Newsweek reached out to the White House and the Lincoln Project for additional remarks Tuesday evening.

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The final Lincoln Project video released on Election Day shows President Donald Trump "going down with the ship" and taking the entire Republican Party alongside his presidency. Screenshot: The Lincoln Project | YouTube