WATCH: Little girl from iconic "Daisy" political ad warns of nuclear threat posed by Donald Trump

Monique Luiz, who was 3 years old when she played "daisy girl" in 1964, prods voters with "fear of nuclear war"


Brendan Gauthier
October 31, 2016 7:32PM (UTC)

Monique Corzilius Luiz, the "daisy girl" from the iconic 1964 political ad for former President Lyndon B. Johnson's re-election campaign, has reemerged — to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Or perhaps more accurately, she's opposing Republican candidate Donald Trump.

"The fear of nuclear war that we had as children — I never thought our children would ever have to deal with that again, and to see that coming forward in this election is really scary," Luiz says in a minute-long ad featured on the Democratic presidential nominee's Twitter. "Vote for Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8th. The stakes are too high for you to stay home."

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The ad features footage from an August episode of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" in which host Joe Scarborough said Trump, in a meeting with "a foreign policy expert on an international level," thrice asked why he couldn't take a smoke-'em-if-you-got-'em approach to nuclear weaponry.

According to Scarborough, Trump "asked, at one point, 'If we have them, why can't we use them?'"

In the original 1964 ad, Luiz — then 3 years old — counts as she plucks petals from a daisy she's holding. When no petals are left, a non-diegetic voice counts down from 10 to zero as the camera zooms closer and closer in on her eye. At zero, a mushroom cloud materializes in the blacked-out frame of her pupil.

"These are the stakes," Johnson says in a voice-over. "To make a world in which all of God's children can live or to go into the dark. We must either love each other or we must die."

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Democrat Johnson pummeled his Republican opponent, Barry Goldwater, in the presidential election that year, winning 44 states and 61.1 percent of the popular vote.


Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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