Facebook, US Networks Screen an Anti-Immigrant Trump Ad, Receives Bitter Response
On Monday, NBC, Fox News and Facebook screened an anti-immigrate Trump ad by the President Donald Trump’s campaign. The advertisement has roped in critics who are labeling the ad as a bitter election fight for the control of the US Congress which has started.
The 30-second long ad made its debut last week and is sponsored by Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. The ad features a courtroom video of an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had been convicted in the year 2014, after he killed two police officers.
However, critics and even some members of Trump’s own party found it displeasing and condemned the ad to be racially divisive.
Although other channels ran the ad, CNN refused to do so as it was “racist”. Meanwhile, Fox News Channel – Trump’s favorite broadcaster – halted the ad from running on its channel as well.
However, Facebook said it would allow users to share the ad on their own pages, but added that it will no longer allow paid promotions of it.
When the reporters questioned President Trump about the racial ad, he said, “You’re telling me something I don’t know about. We have a lot of ads, and they certainly are effective based on the numbers we’re seeing.”
When he was asked if he thought the ad was offensive, he responded, “A lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive.”