Donald Trump supporters are gearing up for the first Republican primaries by urging Democrats to “ditch and switch” party allegiances to support the leading GOP candidate.
At a campaign event in Mississippi last weekend, two African American YouTube stars who go by the names Silk and Diamond led the crowd in cheering “Ditch and Switch!” According to the New York Times, the chant was aimed at Democrats and independent voters in the crowd.
Silk and Diamond, whose real names are Rochelle Richardson and Lynette Hardaway, have even created a website detailing which states only allow registered Republicans to vote in primaries and how to switch your registration before the vote.
An analysis conducted by The Upshot showed that Trump enjoys 43 percent support among Democrats who lean Republican. In addition, his biggest support among those voters comes from states in which Democrats typically vote in Republican primary elections.
Trump unveiled his first campaign TV ad on Monday, which the candidate said he will be spending over $2 million per week to air the ad in early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire.
“We have spent the least amount of money and have the best results and this is the kind of thinking the country needs,” Trump said in a statement. “I am very proud of this ad, I don’t know if I need it, but I don’t want to take any chances because if I win we are going to make America great again.”
The 30-second spot evokes Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country until “we can figure out what’s going on.” It then says that Trump “will quickly cut the head off of ISIS and take their oil.”
The ad closes with Trump’s proposal to build a wall, funded by the Mexican government, along the U.S. southern border. Many have been critical of this segment, however, as Trump’s campaign used footage from a Moroccan border crossing point as a stand in for the Mexico/U.S. border.