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

Danny Woods
November 5, 2018

NBC, Fox News and Facebook said in separate statements on Monday that they will no longer run the Trump campaign's anti-immigrant advertisement that many are calling racist.

"A lot of things are offensive".

The controversial ad contrasts video of Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant who gunned down two police officers in 2014, with the approaching migrant caravan from Honduras and quotes from someone within that caravan saying they have prior felonies.

"After further review, we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have chose to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible", NBCUniversal said in an email.

Facebook's decision to remove the ad only came after CNN, NBC and Fox News all made the decision to pull it from their airwaves.

CNN had rejected the same ad, declaring it racist.

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

The primetime ads ran during the broadcast of a Sunday night National Football League game, and linked Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant convicted of killing two sheriff's deputies in California in 2014, to the caravan of immigrants fleeing Central America.

Before heading to the first of his three pre-election day rallies today, President Donald Trump spoke to reporters and got a question about the ad that networks either refused to run or pulled entirely. It is akin to blaming Republicans for criminals who entered the country illegally under Presidents Trump or George W. Bush.

"The #FakeNewsMedia and #PaloAltoMafia are trying to control what you see and how you think", he said, an apparent reference to Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters. Parscale made no mention of Fox's decision.

Facebook also announced Monday that the ad violated its advertising policy.

"So @nbc and @Comcast aired that racist Trump caravan commercial during the football game. While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it can not receive paid distribution". Under its rules, ads must not contain shocking, sensational, disrespectful or excessively violent content.

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