Trump shrugs after controversial ad pulled

Trump shrugs after controversial ad pulled

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(Screenshot of the Trump campaign's caravan ad)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appeared unfazed Monday by a decision from NBC, Fox News and Facebook to pull a controversial ad released by his reelection campaign.

“I don’t know about it,” Trump said on the tarmac of Andrews Air Force Base when asked about the decision on the tarmac. “We have a lot of ads and they certainly are effective, based on the numbers we’ve seen.”

When asked why his campaign released an ad that has been widely slammed by the president’s critics as offensive, Trump demurred.

“A lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive a lot of times,” Trump told reporters before leaving for a rally in Cleveland.

The ad features video of Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant who killed two police officers in 2014, interspliced with footage of the migrant caravan from Honduras.

Overlaid text states Democrats let Bracamontes into the country and asks who else the party could let into the country.

The ad was quickly blasted as race baiting, with many drawing comparisons to George H.W. Bush’s incendiary campaign ad featuring Willie Horton. The convicted murderer was serving a life sentence but was allowed to go on a weekend furlough in 1988 during which he committed rape, assault and armed robbery.

The ad has also been under attack on factual grounds, since Bracamontes was deported during the Clinton administration and came back into the U.S. during the presidency George W. Bush.

CNN issued a statement refusing to air the ad on the grounds that it was racist.

NBC aired the ad during primetime Sunday night, but said in a statement Monday that it would not do so again.

“After further review we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible,” a network spokesperson said in an unsigned statement.

Fox News released a statement Monday as well stating that they pulled the ad the day prior.

“Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network,” Marianne Gambelli, the media giant’s ad president said.

Facebook similarly said in an unsigned statement that the ad violated their policy barring “sensational content” and that the Trump campaign could therefore not pay for it to be spread on the site.

However, the statement noted that it can still be shared on the site organically.

Trump has made illegal immigration one of his key focuses in the waning days of the midterm elections, frequently drawing attention to the migrant caravan and floating a possible executive order to overturn birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants.

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