During the height of Sunday Night Football this weekend, an interruption paid for by Donald Trump left some in utter disgust.
NBC is under fire after they aired a racist immigrant-themed Trump campaign ad during the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers game, after CNN refused to run the ad calling it blatantly “racist.”
The ad attacks the Central American migrant caravan ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, featuring Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican citizen who killed two police officers in 2014, paralleling Bracamontes to the members of the caravan.
“Dangerous illegal criminals like cop killer Luis Bracamontes don’t care about our laws,” the ad said. The 30-second video urges viewers to “vote Republican” before Donald Trump says he approves the message.
The company who has been ridiculed since the ad aired now understands “the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible,” citing a tweet from NBC reporter Dylan Byers.
CNN, who declined to run the ad, is standing behind its decision calling the ad “racist.” Donald Trump Jr. criticized the network earlier for refusing the ad saying CNN will “only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats.”⠀⠀
“CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist. When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined,” CNN tweeted back at Trump Jr. “Those are the facts.”
People across the country have taken to Twitter and other social media to voice their disapproval that NBC would accept money to provide coverage to a message that hurts so many U.S citizens.
Debra Messing, of NBC’s hit show Will & Grace tweeted, “I want you to know that I am ashamed that my network aired this disgusting racist ad,” she wrote. Judd Apatow, a movie director who also worked with NBC Universal, reminded NBC of their 2015 tweet where the network claimed to have ended all “business relationships,” with Trump.
The ad also aired on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, and Fox Business Network. In a statement Monday, Fox said the commercial would no longer appear on its networks.
“Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network,” said Marianne Gambelli, president of ad sales for the outlets.
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