She actually doesn't say Trump's name in the first ad, but it does pop up in one of the first frames:
And in the second commercial, she sells her get-tough-on-immigrants proposal within the context of the Orlando attacks — and endorses one of Trump's most controversial policies: to ban immigrants from countries with a history of terrorism.
"Obama won't say it, but I will. Radical Islamic terrorists are killing Christians in Syria," she says. "We should stop all immigration from countries that harbor terrorism."
When Thomas launched her campaign in July, she didn't mention Trump (who, we should be clear, has not endorsed her). But she did talk about how she thought illegal immigration undermines families like hers, whose parents legally immigrated from India to America in 1972.
"They were willing to follow the law," she said according to the Tallahassee Democrat, "so that their children could have a better life, so that I could be here before you today the proud descendant of immigrants."
Politically speaking, embracing Trump could help Thomas distinguish herself in a crowded primary. She's up against three other Republicans: surgeon Neal Dunn, businessman Jeff Moran and former U.S. Attorney for North Florida Ken Sukhia. Sukhia has the support of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), one of Trump's top advisers, and won a straw poll in the race. Meanwhile, Dunn has the most money and the support of top former Florida state GOP lawmakers. He recently won a straw poll in the race, too.
If either Dunn or Sukhia are shaping up to be the establishment candidates, it makes sense for Thomas to aim for the outsider mantle, especially in an election that sometimes seems to prize anti-establishment credentials above all else. What better way to flash your outsider card than by mentioning how you agree with Trump in every TV ad?
That's not to say we see Trump being evoked in every congressional GOP primary where there's an establishment vs. outsider narrative. The electoral politics in Florida's Panhandle is pretty unique. Because it's now a safe Republican seat whoever wins the Aug. 30 primary probably won't have to tack back to the center for the general election. In fact, right now there are no Democratic candidates. (The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Gwen Graham, who is retiring.)
But, there are places where embracing Trump could be a winner. Thomas will be a litmus test on whether or not it works.