Trump fires back after networks yank 'racist' anti-immigration ad

Sergio Cunningham
November 5, 2018

A CNN spokesperson responded in a tweet, saying, "CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist".

Meanwhile, NBC is under fire for airing a racist political ad paid for by President Donald Trump's campaign during its broadcast of Sunday Night Football.

The advertisement aired on "Sunday Night Football" and on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday. "President Trump and his allies will protect our border and keep our families safe", according to the ad, which urges viewers to vote Republican.

NBC's decision to run the ad during the highly anticipated game between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers was criticised on Twitter.

NBC said Monday that in its further review, it recognizes the insensitive nature of the ad.

The ad includes footage of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers.

The backlash against President Trump's anti-illegal immigration ad linking the approaching caravan with a cop killer has become so severe that CNN refused to air it, later prompting both Fox News and NBC to pull it after airing.

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The 30-second ad focuses on the controversial so-called migrant caravan of asylum-seekers making their way to the US border.

"So, @NBCNews @CNN @facebook have chosen to stand with those ILLEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY".

"This ad violates Facebook's advertising policy against sensational content, so we are rejecting it", the company said in statement. Who made that decision? "While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it can not receive paid distribution", a Facebook's spokesperson said in a statement to CNET.

People familiar with the matter told CNN that the advertisement was not submitted to either CBS or ABC.

President Trump on Monday defended an anti-immigrant ad critics called racist after several television networks said they would not run it, calling it "effective" and telling reporters their questions were "offensive".

President Trump tweeted out a lengthier version of the ad last week.

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