Facebook pulls controversial Trump anti-immigration ad

Joann Johnston
November 5, 2018

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.

The 30 second anti-immigration advert, paid for by the Donald Trump for President campaign, was tweeted out by the president last week and aired during an National Football League game on NBC on Sunday night and on Fox News.

NBC aired the ad during their Sunday night football game last night.

The ad includes footage of Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported immigrant from Mexico sentenced to death in California for killing two police officers. "After further review we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have made a decision to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible", read a network statement.

Trump's broader argument in the ad is obvious: we don't know who is coming into our country. - President Donald Trump on Thursday warned that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally. The ad that ran on NBC did not make any claims about Democrats letting Bracamontes into the United States.

"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, Fox News' president of advertisement sales, said in a statement.

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Facebook is removing this Trump campaign ad for violating its rules against sensational content. "While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it can not receive paid distribution", a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement.

One reporter asked Trump for his response, and Trump said, "I don't know about it".

Both NBC and Fox News joined CNN in refusing to run a Trump controversial campaign advertisement.

The ad was not submitted to either ABC or CBS, according to sources close with CNN. When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined.

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.

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