Trump Jr. gripes in tweet af­ter CNN re­jects ad it calls racist

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Nation/world - BY AMY B WANG

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


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.

RANDY PENCH Sacra­mento Bee file

Luis Bra­ca­montes is fea­tured in an ad that was re­jected by CNN as racist.

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