NBC Airs Racist Trump Ad Nixed by CNN; Will & Grace Star 'Ashamed'

05 November, 2018, 22:54 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Trump Jr. Attacks CNN For Not Airing Racist Ad — CNN Fires Back

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. Per NBC, the spot ran 18 times across several networks - including during the Sunday Night Football game that had almost 20 million viewers - before it was pulled.

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

NBC said Monday that in its further review, it recognizes the insensitive nature of the ad. The ad drew a comparison between Bracamontes and the thousands of migrants who are now fleeing Central America and making their way to the United States-Mexico border (aka the "caravan").

Despite the backlash, the Trump campaign shows no signs of backing down on the ad. Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, unleashed an angry tweet about the ad pull shortly after Fox News, Trump's favorite media outlet, made its announcement, though he did not single out the network.

"Dangerous illegal criminals like cop killer Luis Bracamontes don't care about our laws", the ad said, even though there is no known connection between Bracamontes and the migrant caravan.


"A lot of things are offensive", he told reporters before departing for a series of campaign rallies.

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

In fact, he was deported and last snuck in when George W. Bush was president, and he was detained but released by former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Trump favorite who later won a presidential pardon. According to the Daily Beast, Facebook advertising data reveals that millions of Facebook users-somewhere between 2.8 million and 5 million of them-viewed the ad before it was removed. "While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it can not receive paid distribution".

Before the ad aired, Trump had blamed Democrats for the 7,000-strong caravan. Yet that didn't stop NBC, Fox News, and Facebook from running versions of the ad over the weekend.

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