Fiction author Don Winslow and rocker Bruce Springsteen are pushing The Atlantic‘s discredited report that President Trump called American servicemen “losers” and “suckers.” The claim is repeated in their new anti-Trump ad focusing on flipping Pennsylvania for Joe Biden.
The video, titled “America Needs Pennsylvania,” spotlights the impact that the president’s trade war with China has had on farmers and steel workers, as well as the toll that the coronavirus has taken on the state. Springsteen’s contribution to the video appears to be his Oscar-winning song “Streets of Philadelphia,” from the 1993 movie Philadelphia, which plays on the soundtrack.
At one point, Winslow’s video repeats The Atlantic’s unsubstantiated allegations against the president. “Trump calls Pennsylvania’s soldiers and veterans ‘losers’ and ‘suckers,’” a title card reads, after which the video shows a tearful reunion between a serviceman and his loved ones.
The magazine’s report, which was based solely on anonymous sources, has been denied by