Billionaire Jeff Greene, who only this month entered the race to become the Democratic nominee for Florida governor, released a commercial on Tuesday that he says shows him confronting President Donald Trump at Trump International Golf Club near Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach last December, Politico reported.
The 30-second ad, called "Stand up to Trump," shows a snippet of video of the president pointing at Greene in the crowded dining hall. The ad uses the confrontation as a metaphor and says Greene will stand up to Trump on guns, "affordable healthcare, and women's choice," even "in his own dining room."
The video was taken by his wife, Greene told Politico, after the president started yelling at him near the buffet at the golf club. He said Trump, who was enraged because Greene supported Hillary Clinton and had told a newspaper during the campaign that Trump was guilty of sexual assault, became “unhinged, turning red, [and] flailing his arms."
Greene, who is a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago- Club, is only now publicly telling the story for the first time while pushing back on the notion that he and the president are friends.
The ad is one of two TV commercials Greene is airing as part of a $2.9 million introductory ad campaign
The second ad Greene plans to air is a 60-second bio spot that tells the story of his blue-collar roots in Massachusetts, his father’s early death at 51 and his mother’s struggles as a widow working to support her children.
Greene, who went on to make a fortune in real estate, has relatively little name recognition among the five major candidates in the Democratic primary, which takes place on August 28.
In 2010, Greene spent $24 million in a failed bid for a Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in Florida, according to The Palm Beach Post.
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