Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Fox News Pulls Racist Trump Ad

Fox News Pulls Racist Trump Ad

"Upon further review", said Marianne Gambelli, Fox News's president of ad sales, "[we] pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network".

CNN quickly condemned the ad, running multiple articles that condemned the ad and the 2016 GOP election strategy in general as "racist".

But the video remains posted, for example, on a Facebook page for the campaign manager for Trump's 2020 reelection campaign and has since been shared on Trump's official Facebook page.

"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", the network reportedly said. A longer version of the ad, not run on NBC, included the false claim that Democrats "let [Brancamontes] into our country" and "let him stay".

NBC said Monday that in its review, it recognizes the insensitive nature of the ad.

"Dangerous illegal criminals like cop killer Luis Bracamontes don't care about our laws", the ad said, even though there is no known connection between Bracamontes and the migrant caravan.

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"Sunday Night Football" - already a ratings hit - likely drew a bigger than usual audience because the game featured the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots and their star quarterbacks, Aaron Rogers and Tom Brady. It ends with Donald Trump saying: "I approve this message".

Facebook's decision to remove the ad only came after CNN, NBC and Fox News all made the decision to pull it from their airwaves.

On Monday Facebook said it had blocked the advert from receiving "paid promotion".

CNN reported that the ad had not been submitted to the remaining two broadcast networks, ABC and CBS. "While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it can not receive paid distribution", a Facebook's spokesperson said in a statement to CNET.

On Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. complained on Twitter that CNN "refused to run" the advertisement. "Those are the facts", the network's communication department tweeted.

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