'My Son Can't Live in Trumpworld,' Says Republican Mom in Emotional Ad

Spot Is One of Four New Commercials Starring Opposing Party Members Voting for Clinton

Published On
Oct 12, 2016

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An emotional new ad from Hillary Clinton's campaign stars Jennifer Kohn, a Republican mother whose autistic son is also shown.

"It's not uncommon for autistic kids to flap their hands." she says. "And so when I saw that" -- cue a notorious clip of Donald Trump flapping his hands to mock the disability of a reporter -- "that was completely disqualifying. I'm a Republican. But this election is so much bigger than party. My son Max can't live in Trumpworld. So I'm crossing party lines and voting for Hillary. I don't always agree with her. But she's reasonable. And she's smart. She can work with people to solve problems. I want to be able to tell my kids that I did the right thing when it really mattered."

The commercial is one of four new ads starring Republicans who are voting for Hillary Clinton. They began airing on TV in battleground states on Monday.

This story previously appeared on Ad Age's Campaign Trail. Simon Dumenco, aka Media Guy, is an Ad Age editor-at-large. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.