Trump Campaign Allegedly Used People, Businesses In Ad Without Consent

A New Jersey business owner, an actor, and a union worker all claim that they were featured in a pro-Trump advertisement without giving their consent.

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been running an advertisement for nearly two weeks that some people featured in them take issue with.

In the ad titled “Two Americas: Economy,” a narrator criticizes what life would be like in “Hillary Clinton's America” and praises the supposed economic prosperity the country would see in “Donald Trump’s America.”

Under a Trump presidency, the narrator promises tax relief for families, increased wages, millions of new jobs, and more success for small businesses.

Meanwhile, a montage of clips plays on screen with actors portraying everyday workers and families appearing happy and patriotic.

The ad is actually compelling and diverse, except — in true sneaky Trump fashion — it features some parties that did not give their consent to be a part of this Trump promo.

Speaking to local reporters, owner of John’s Friendly Market, Grethe Kiley, said that when she saw camera crews setting up outside of her store in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, she figured they were filming a “toilet paper ad” or something.

She was totally unaware that the outside of her shop was going to appear in a Trump ad.

“My concern is, our image is being connected with a particular candidate,” Kiley reportedly said. “It just feels invasive and intrusive. Plus the fact that we were misled.”

The man wearing an apron who appears to be a store employee doesn’t even work there, he’s just an actor who also claimed he was hired without knowing exactly what the ad was for.

According to Uproxx, a Pennsylvania-based spokesman for Trump’s campaign maintains that “the production company hired to film the stock images received permission from the store manager to film at that location.”

Kiley, however, refuted that statement by saying someone from the film crew just went into the store and notified a cashier that they would be filming “up and down the street” on that day.

Although Kiley has expressed concern over the ad, she will not pursue legal action against the campaign for fear of retaliation or increased negative publicity, Uproxx reports.

In a similar incident, Calvin Anderson — a Philadelphia union worker for the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association — said he was also blindsided when a Trump campaign film crew used his likeness.

The union’s general president, Daniel Stepano, wrote a letter recounting the incident Anderson experienced while on a job site in July. “He and others were intentionally misled and not told that his photo or image would be used for the specific purpose of a Donald Trump campaign advertisement,” he wrote.

Stepano has called for Trump’s campaign to remove the ad, noting that Anderson is a Hillary Clinton supporter.

Alas, this type of underhanded behavior is expected of Trump’s campaign.

Due to Trump’s unfavorable reputation, it’s highly plausible that if the crew had been direct about what they were filming, they would have received more “no’s” than “yes’s.”

It would appear that in an effort to make their own lives easier, they kept their affiliation with Trump hidden. 

Banner/Thumbnail Credits: Reuters

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