Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

NBC, Fox News say they'll stop airing Trump ad with illegal immigrant

NBC, Fox News say they'll stop airing Trump ad with illegal immigrant

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.

The advertisement aired on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and MSNBC's "Morning Joe", and drew a heated online response.

CNN said through Twitter that it was made "abundantly clear" through its coverage that the ad was racist and declined to air it when the campaign sought to buy airtime.

Fox News, which had also been running the ad, issued a statement about taking it down shortly after NBC, according to a CNN report.

"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", a spokesman for NBC said in a statement.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump tweeted out an ad featuring Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant who is facing the death penalty for the murder of two police officers.

FOX News has also made a decision to no longer air the advertisement.

The ad paints a doomsday scenario in which an "invasion" of few thousand Central America asylum seekers - many of them women and children traveling in a series of caravans - supposedly posed a dire threat to American democracy.

Asked about organizations pulling his advert on Monday, Trump claimed: "I don't know about it ... we have a lot of ads ... a lot of things are offensive".

Their decision follows CNN's decision to block the ad.

Unsurprisingly, Trump's reelection campaign manager, Brad Parscale, was none too pleased. He said the media was trying to control what you see and think.

Bracamontes last entered the country in the early 2000s, when George W. Bush was president, according to the Washington Post. The ad blames Democratic Party immigration policies for the killings. Yet that didn't stop NBC, Fox News, and Facebook from running versions of the ad over the weekend. Facebook's rules bar ads from containing "shocking, sensational, disrespectful or excessively violent content".

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