Trump ad that CNN refused to air gets prime time slot on NBC
US President Donald Trump first shared the anti-immigrant advertisement on Wednesday last week and it aired on NBC during Sunday Night Football
A controversial political advertisement paid for by US President Donald Trump which CNN refused to air was aired during the NBC's prime-time commercial breaks for Sunday Night Football, according to reports.
The president first shared the anti-immigrant advertisement on Wednesday last week and it was later aired nearly two hours into the broadcast of Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers, the Huffington Post reported.
The advertisement appears to play on voters' fears of the Central American migrant caravan heading towards the United States border and urges Americans to vote for the Republican party in an effort to stop the migrant crowd at the border.
The 30-second advertisement also includes shots of Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican citizen who killed two police officers in 2014. The clip continues to liken Bracamontes's behavior to the entire caravan marching towards the US, which has multiple families and approximately 2,300 children in the tow. The video ends with a voiceover from the president saying he approves the message.
The advertisement has received widespread criticism and CNN even refused to air it, branding it blatantly "racist." Multiple social media users also criticized NBC for airing the ad, stating that the network accepted money to air the controversial clip despite its anti-immigrant message.
Shortly after NBC aired the Trump advertisement, the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., took to Twitter to slam CNN for refusing the run the advertisement and claimed that CNN would "only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats.”
CNN's PR team, however, tweeted back at Trump Jr., saying: "When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined. Those are the facts.”
CNN refused to run this ad... I guess they only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats that don’t suit their agenda. Enjoy. Remember this on Tuesday. #vote #voterepublican pic.twitter.com/VyMm7GhPLX— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 3, 2018
The president, during a recent interview with ABC News, had also alleged that the migrant caravan headed towards the United States border consisted of mostly men and that they were pushing women and children to the front of the group just for the photographs.
"It's a lot of young people, lot of young men — they are pushing the women right up to the front — not good — and the kids right up to the front," the Republican claimed. However, the pictures of the migrant group show that it consists of people of all ages and gender, who are walking on foot — many fleeing the violence in Honduras — and are still several weeks away from reaching the southern border of the US.
The president, however, has resorted to fear-mongering and has also deployed more than 5,200 troops to the border region in an attempt to tackle the caravan when it reaches the US border.