Trump defends "racist" Bracamontes advertising, while Facebook and TV networks retrieve videos

Trump defends "racist" Bracamontes advertising, while Facebook and TV networks retrieve videos

Donald Trump has defended an election campaign created by his campaign, widely regarded as racist, as "effective" that appeared on NBC, Fox News and Facebook over the weekend.

The cable networks and the social media giant have complained about the 30-second spot being used to convict the convicted murderer Luis Bracamontes to represent immigrants who wanted to enter the United States.

Bracamontes, who killed two policemen in 2014, is lauded in court and vowed to kill again before telling viewers, "The Democrats are leaving him in our country. The Democrats let him stay. "Then migrants are shown pulling at a border fence.

However, reports later showed that the ad's main attack line was wrong. Bracamontes last traveled to the United States during George W Bush's presidency, was noted in the reports and had been arrested before being later released by Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office.

When asked about the clip on Monday after the controversy, Trump pleaded for ignorance. "I do not know," he said. "We have many ads. And they are certainly effective, based on the numbers we see. "

The president had posted the video just a few days earlier in his Twitter feed.

Pressed on the type of ad, Mr. Trump said: "Many things are offensive. Your questions are often offensive, so you know. "

The ad sparked outrage from viewers and celebrities. Film director Judd Apatow suggested NBC because he had aired it during the game New England Patriots against Green Bay Packers.

"This is how @nbc and @Comcast broadcast this racist Trump Caravan commercial during the football match," tweeted Mr Apatow. "Who made this decision? How did you decide that it is alright? I am disgusted that you would air thiscnn refused to air it because it is expressly racist. Shame on you. @NBCNews "

Actress Debra Messing, one of the main co-stars in NBC's "Will & Grace," agreed, "I want you to know that I'm ashamed that my network broadcast this disgusting racist ad," tweeted Messing. "It's the opposite of everything I personally believe in, and what I think is what we're about is our show."

Christina Greer, professor of political science at New York's Fordham University, said The Independent Last week, Mr. Trump gas-poured on the issue of migration.

On Monday, the cable networks and the social media site announced that they had placed the ads and would no longer broadcast them.

"After another review, we recognize the insensitivity of the ad and have decided to discontinue the broadcast of our properties as soon as possible," said NBC Universal in a statement released on Monday. The network sent the 30-second ad in the middle of the "Sunday Night Football" airtime.

Fox News also pulled the ad.

"After another review, Fox News pulled the ad off yesterday, it will not appear on either the Fox News Channel or the Fox Business Network," said Marianne Gambelli, the sales president of the conservative network.

On Monday, Facebook said it would remove the ad, as it violates website policies that target sensational content New York Times reported. Facebook showed the ad in certain states to certain users. The social media company said that users can still share the video on their schedules.

CNN did not send the ad, causing the president's eldest son to turn down.

Donald Trump Jr taunted the network for refusing to send the ad and tweeted:CNN has refused to run this ad … I suspect they are just fake messages and do not talk about real threats that are out of line with their agenda. Enjoy. Remember this on Tuesday. "

A spokesperson for the network said, "CNN has made it crystal clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist," the network's PR report tweeted. "When we got the opportunity to adopt a version of this ad, we declined. These are the facts. "

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