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Jake Tapper: Trump ad 'so full of falsehoods' even Fox News turned it down
CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Monday slammed President Trump's controversial campaign ad that has been met with widespread backlash, expressing amazement that Fox News declined to air the spot.
"The president's latest ad is so full of falsehoods, so racially incendiary, not only CNN, but NBC and Facebook and Fox News - Fox News- are refusing to air it," Tapper said on his show.
"Contemplate that for a second," Tapper added.
The controversial ad, which Trump tweeted out last Wednesday, depicts Luis Bracamontes, a deported Mexican immigrant who returned to the U.S. and killed two police officers in 2014, bragging in court about killing the officers. The video attempts to link Bracamontes to Democratic immigration policies and the so-called caravan of Central American migrants slowly making their way toward the southern border by suggesting Democrats will let anybody cross the border.
Critics condemned the ad as racist, saying Trump was attempting to conflate the actions of one individual with those of all immigrants trying to enter the country.
CNN said it would not air the spot because it was racist, and NBC, after airing the ad on Sunday night, backtracked on Monday and said it would no longer broadcast the ad.
The president claimed as he departed for a day of campaign rallies that he was not aware of the backlash before pivoting to criticize the media.
"Well, a lot of things are offensive," the president told a reporter who asked about the ad being offensive. "Your questions are offensive a lot of times."
Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager, slammed CNN, NBC News and Facebook over the decision to pull the ad, accusing those groups of standing "with those illegally in this country."