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Hillary Clinton ad showcases Sacramento’s Doug Elmets rejecting Trump

Soon hitting the airwaves near you: the Republicans rejecting Donald Trump tour, featuring one longtime California conservative.

Sacramento-area consultant and former Reagan White House official Doug Elmets already made waves by denouncing Trump and pledging to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the Democratic National Convention. Now he’ll appear in a television spot sponsored by the Clinton campaign.

The ranks of “Never Trump” Republicans have thickened since Elmets first spoke out, with party members abandoning the nominee en masse in response to a tape released Friday in which Trump boasts of sexually assaulting women. Among those now disavowing Trump are Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the 2008 nominee, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who reportedly told his caucus on Monday he would stop campaigning for Trump and would instead focus on congressional races.

Capitalizing on the wave of defections, the Clinton campaign on Monday announced a series of 30-second spots featuring Republicans rejecting Trump and promoting Clinton. They’ll air in battleground states, including Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to a Clinton campaign news release.

After criticizing Trump for “bullying people, trying to divide us,” Elmets says in the spot, “That’s not the kind of country I want my kids to grow up in.”

It’s not the first time a Democrat has touted Republicans who defected from a nominee they perceived as too extreme. In 1964, the Lyndon Johnson campaign released a commercial of a loyal Republican dismissing Arizona senator and Republican standard-bearer Barry Goldwater as “a very different kind of a man” who “scares me” and scrambles his policy positions.

“If you unite behind a man you don’t believe in,” he says, “it’s a “lie.”

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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