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NBC says it will stop airing Trump immigrant ad

NBC says it will stop airing Trump immigrant ad

Mr. Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted that NBC News, CNN and Facebook had chosen "to stand with those ILLEGALLY IN THIS COUNTRY".

NBC aired the 30-second prime-time ad in the middle of a highly anticipated "Sunday Night Football" broadcast, but said Monday that it would stop running the ad that had previously been rejected by CNN as racist. "We regret the decision that the ad ran at all", the source said, "and it will not air on any NBCUniversal property, locally or nationally". The ad features a Mexican man-Luis Bracamontes-who was convicted of killing two California deputies earlier this year. It blames Democrats for allowing him into the country. It then tries to paint the caravan of Central American refugees with a broad brush, suggesting that they too may be cop killers like Bacamontes, despite no evidence suggesting such. It was later revealed that Bracamontes had been released from US custody by Trump ally and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

CNN dedicated substantial editorial coverage to the longer ad, sometimes showing clips as anchors and chyrons declared it "racist".

NBC aired the ad during its Sunday NFL programming and immediately faced backlash.

The primetime ads ran during the broadcast of a Sunday night National Football League game, and linked Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant convicted of killing two sheriff's deputies in California in 2014, to the caravan of immigrants fleeing Central America.

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NBC also said on Monday that it was yanking the spot.

That Trump Jr. and Parscale would call out networks for not airing a demonstrably false ad as proof that said networks purposely air fake news is, uh, a weird attempt at an indictment.

"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", said a spokesperson for the media giant in a statement Monday morning.

As Axios noted, Facebook and CNN similarly removed the ad. "Those are the facts". The ad falsely connects a 2014 murder case with the migrant caravan that Trump has made the centerpoint of his midterm campaign, in spite of the alarming number of recent hate crimes.