If Donald Trump "actually becomes president ... you better hope there's someone left to help you," a new anti-Trump ad says
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No more Mr. Nice John Kasich.

The Republican presidential hopeful’s campaign has released an anti-Donald Trump Web ad that draws on a famous poem about Nazi Germany to attack the GOP front-runner.

The ad features retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe, a former Vietnam POW, speaking at a recent event in Ohio.

“You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims should register with their government, because you’re not one,” Moe says in the spot released on Tuesday.

“And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s okay to rough up black protesters, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you’re not one. But think about this: If he keeps going, and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you. And you better hope there’s someone left to help you.”

If Moe’s speech sounds familiar that’s because it’s a twist on a famous poem from the post-World War II lectures of Martin Niemöller, a Protestant pastor and outspoken foe of Adolf Hitler.

It’s not the first time a politician has invoked Hitler or Nazis to attack a rival – not by a long stretch – but Kasich’s new ad is perhaps the harshest attempt at a Trump take-down any candidate has made thus far.

The ad came one day after a super PAC supporting Kasich released another anti-Trump spot featuring some of the billionaire businessman’s most controversial interview moments, including his suggestion that he might date daughter Ivanka Trump if she weren’t related to him, and his assertion that he has “a great relationship with the blacks.”

Kasich also went after Trump on Twitter, firing off more than a dozen tweets about the GOP front-runner in the span of two days, including one that said, “@realDonaldTrump’s rhetoric is dangerous and bad for America” and another calling Trump’s “bully” bluff:

“A bully never expects anyone to fight back. And tonight you saw what happens when we did. See you on the trail, Mr. Trump.”

Trump, meanwhile, has suffered his biggest decline at the polls since July, dropping 12 points in less than a week, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll of Republican voters.