The Trump marketing campaign filed a lawsuit Monday in opposition to an NBC affiliate in rural Wisconsin, arguing that the president had been defamed by a political assault advert about his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Priorities USA Motion, a pro-Democratic Tremendous PAC, produced the advert, which is dubbed “Exponential Risk.” In it, audio clips of Donald Trump are performed over an rising curve depicting the unfold of the virus.

“The coronavirus… that is their new hoax,” Trump says within the advert.

The lawsuit, filed in state court docket in rural Value County, Wis., argues that Trump’s phrases had been taken out of context to distort their which means.

“Absent the deceitful alteration of the audio, it’s clear that ‘this’ doesn’t confer with the coronavirus and as a substitute refers on to the Democrats’ politicization of the pandemic,” the lawsuit states.

The marketing campaign had earlier despatched a stop and desist letter to stations airing the advert on March 25, the day after the advert was launched. In accordance with the go well with, WJFW-NBC, based mostly in Rhinelander, Wis., aired the advert one other 36 occasions over the next 11 days.

The audio clips got here from a Trump rally in South Carolina on Feb. 28.

“Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you understand that proper? Coronavirus, they’re politicizing it,” Trump mentioned on the rally. “Considered one of my folks got here as much as me and mentioned, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That didn’t work out too effectively. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on an ideal dialog. They tried something. They tried it again and again. They’d been doing it since you bought in. It’s all turning. They misplaced. It’s all turning. Consider it. Consider it. And that is their new hoax.”

Trump has since mentioned that the “new hoax” was the Democrats’ criticism of him, not the virus itself.