The US Republican Party turned to artificial intelligence in a new ad attacking President Joe Biden’s bid for re-election. It is touted as the first of its kind in political advertising.
Biden officially announced He said he, along with Vice President Kamala Harris last week, will seek a second term in the 2024 election.
In response, the Republican National Committee (RNC) posted: YouTube videos Entitled “Beat Biden,” it harshly criticized Biden’s record since taking office four years ago, rekindling popular fears in right-wing circles.
All images in the ad are entirely AI-generated and depict Biden and Harris celebrating their victory on Election Day. The Republican made no secret of leveraging AI tools such as his DALL-E from Midjourney and OpenAI when creating the visuals for the 30-second video.
“If Joe Biden is re-elected in 2024, we will examine the future possibilities of an AI-generated nation,” reads a video description on the Republican YouTube page.
Republicans foresee a dystopian future under Biden
A Republican video imagines a bleak future if Biden and Harris win the 2024 election. It opens with an image of the president winning his second term against a dark backdrop, followed by fictional crises such as China’s invasion of Taiwan.
Mock explosions in the controversial Asian country, police in tactical gear lining the streets of San Francisco to curb crime and substance abuse, immigrants flooding the southern border with Mexico, buildings on Wall Street on fire.
Republicans claim it’s the first time they’ve used a video made entirely by AI. But artificial intelligence has been used elsewhere in political campaigns, such as identifying fundraisers and generating written content.
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and statement Along with the ad, RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel emphasized that she would continue to work on the themes depicted in the video until the party takes office.
“Biden is so ignorant that after one crisis after another he thinks he deserves another four years of probation.” Inflation will continue to soar, crime rates will rise, more fentanyl will cross our open borders, children will continue to be left behind, and American families will become more needy.”
When Joe Biden announced his bid for re-election, he also released a video attacking Republicans and declaring, “Let’s get the job done.” The Republican video was, in fact, a response to both the president’s bid and his own attack ads.
But Democrats aren’t amused by the RNC’s artificial intelligence ad smearing the presidential candidate.
“The launch of Biden’s campaign begins with real-life dystopian footage of Trump’s final days, showing real-life great moments of President Biden.” murmured Ben Wickler, chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party.
“Republicans let AI compensate for their attacks because they don’t want anyone to think how much has been achieved.”
The launch of Biden’s campaign begins with real-life dystopian footage of Trump’s final days, showing some real-life great moments of President Biden.
Republicans don’t want anyone to think how much has been achieved, so they let AI compensate for their attacks. https://t.co/SYe0lYOMFn
— Ben Wikler (@benwikler) April 25, 2023
The Democratic National Committee also criticized the ad in a statement. “Unbelievably, the RNC has had to *make up* an image because it cannot challenge the results of President Biden,” it said.
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