Trump Jr. gripes in tweet after CNN rejects ad it calls racist
Donald Trump Jr. had a grievance to air Saturday morning.
CNN had refused to run an election ad released by his father, President Donald Trump, last week, a video that featured Luis Bracamontes – an undocumented immigrant who was convicted of murdering two California sheriff’s deputies – in an apparent attempt to drum up fears about immigration.
“I guess they only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats that don’t suit their agenda,” Trump Jr. tweeted, linking to a shorter, 30-second version of the ad. “Enjoy. Remember this on Tuesday. #vote #voterepublican”
CNN’s public relations department promptly fired back at the president’s eldest child, repeating a statement that the network’s reporters had made last week: The ad was racist.
“CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist,” CNN PR tweeted. “When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined.
Those are the facts.”
The full ad, released and tweeted out by the president on Halloween, showed a smiling and unremorseful Bracamontes as he bragged in the courtroom: “I killed (expletive) cops. They’re (expletive) dead. I don’t (expletive) regret that (expletive) … I will break out soon and I will kill more.”
(In the advertisement, the actual expletives are heard.)
There is no subtlety to the message the ad is trying to telegraph: Migrants are killers and criminals, and Democrats comprise the party that enable them.
Indeed, the ad “dispenses with whatever restraint Trump may have exercised with his divisive immigration rhetoric,” as The Washington Post’s media critic Erik Wemple described in a recent column:
In his tweet promoting the video ad, Trump writes, “It is outrageous what the Democrats are doing to our Country. Vote Republican now!” As the ad cycles through Bracamontes’s chilling threats in the courtroom, a banner reads, “DEMOCRATS
LET HIM INTO OUR COUNTRY.”
The focus then switches to footage of a migrant caravan overwhelming fences at a checkpoint, and then to a Fox News clip in which a migrant tells a translator that he plans on seeking a pardon for the “felony he committed * attempted murder.” Again, the multitudes splash across the screen, with this banner, “WHO ELSE WOULD DEMOCRATS LET IN?”
As Wemple noted, after the ad was released, a slew of media outlets dispensed with the usual equivocations – “racially charged,” “racially tinged” and the like – and described the commercial as outright “racist”
(CNN), “divisive” (NBC News) and “fearmongering” (HuffPost).
Moreover, the lines about Democrats letting Bracamontes stay in the country didn’t hold up to a fact check, as The Post’s Eli Rosenberg reported. Bracamontes was deported in 1997 and 2001, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, according to local newspapers at the time.
The president’s son has been aggressively campaigning for several Republican candidates in recent weeks.
Luis Bracamontes is featured in an ad that was rejected by CNN as racist.