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Hillary Clinton Supporter Says He Unknowingly Appeared in Donald Trump Ad

(Published Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016)

A Hillary Clinton supporter is speaking out after he says he unknowingly appeared in a Donald Trump campaign ad.

Calvin Anderson, a Philadelphia construction worker, told NBC10 he had just finished a long day of work at a site last July when he was approached by a photographer who asked him if he wanted to be on television.

“We thought it had something to do with the building,” Anderson said. “Before you know it he said, ‘Sign these waivers.’ I’m like, ‘Waivers for what?’ And it had nothing on there about Trump.”

Anderson said he naively signed his name. Several weeks later Anderson’s family saw him in a Donald Trump commercial wearing a hard hat. Anderson said he then received a call from his 94-year-old grandmother telling him she saw his twin on a Trump ad.

“I said, ‘Boy, everybody do got a twin out there,’” Anderson said. “I said, ‘Granny, that’s me.’ She said, ‘I’m gonna shoot you.’”

The same commercial features John’s Friendly Market in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. The owner of the grocery store told NBC10 they don’t support Trump and did not want to be featured in the ad. The owner also claimed they’re losing business because of the commercial and want the ad to be pulled down.

“That’s what Trump do,” Anderson said. “I mean that’s what he do. It’s all part of the slandering part but I don’t know why he chose me.”

The Pennsylvania communications director for the Donald Trump campaign told NBC10 they have a signed consent form from Anderson. As for the grocery store, the director told NBC10, “the production company hired to film the stock images received permission from the store manager to film at the location.”