Political battle brews
President Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg both released their Super Bowl ads on Thursday. Trump’s 30-second ad starts with a voiceover: “America demanded change, and change is what we got.” It continues by saying Trump has made the country "stronger, safer and more prosperous than ever before" and ends with Trump at a rally, declaring, “And ladies and gentleman the best is yet to come.” There are plans to air another 30-second spot in the game.
Bloomberg’s ad calls attention to the national gun violence crisis, telling the story of a Texas mother who lost her son to gun violence when he was 20 years old. Gun violence is also at the center of the NFL’s commercial, which tackles the shootings of black men by police.
While no one really wants to see politics in the game, the one thing we can at least say about these two ads is that neither takes a slam at each other, nor the opposing party. And for that, at least, we can be thankful.