Josh Marshall from Talking Points Memo also agrees the ad is anti-Semitic, writing that "I'm not even sure whether it makes sense to call them dog whistles" because there is absolutely nothing subtle about the ad.
"All candidates need to be especially responsible and bid for votes by offering honest ideas and policy proposals, not by conjuring painful stereotypes and baseless conspiracy theories", Greenblatt wrote. Previous ads that the PAC has run against Trump have focused on his "shady business background", his "hateful bigotry", and "his connections to Russian Federation", according to the group's website. "The suggestion that the ad is anything else is completely uncalled for".
Besides Hillary and Bill Clinton and President Obama, the other three readily identifiable people in the video are all Jews: financier George Soros, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
Later in the video, Trump says "it's a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth, and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities". "So I think it does speak to a certain part of his alt-right base".
"I'm Jewish, so maybe I'm sensitive to it, Franken said, adding that the ad alluded to "an worldwide banking conspiracy" and "then a number of Jews". But for someone who has been dogged by accusations of racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia throughout his campaign the way that Donald Trump has, one final accusation of being anti-Semitic probably isn't going to help his chances of winning either. "Some who are not sensitive to that may not see that, but that's the conclusion I draw". That speech had already been condemned for what critics described as drawing on anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the global control of Jewish bankers and its echoes of the 19th century anti-Semitic tract "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion".
Democratic Senator Al Franken.
So, all in all, a marvellous way to end a stupendous presidential campaign.
"Whether intentional or not, the images and rhetoric in this ad touch on subjects that antisemites have used for ages", Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO, said in a statement. "It's a time when all candidates need to be especially responsible and bid for votes by offering honest ideas and policy proposals, not by conjuring painful stereotypes and baseless conspiracy theories", the statement concludes.
Trump's supporters in the white nationalist movement agree that the ad is anti-Semitic - and they're thrilled about it.
The campaign has tweeted and retweeted images echoing antisemitic themes throughout the election season, including a July 2 tweet depicting Clinton, against a pile of cash and a six-pointed star, as the "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!"