Fox News, NBC and Facebook pull Trump ad widely condemned as racist

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NBC and Fox News Channel said Monday they will stop airing President Donald Trump's campaign advertisement that featured an immigrant convicted of murder. "Your questions are offensive a lot of times".

The 30-second spot links an undocumented immigrant who killed sheriff's deputies to the people in the migrant caravan.

Marianne Gambelli, president of ad sales for Fox News, said in a statement to CNN and NBC News, "Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network".

"Dangerous illegal criminals like cop killer Luis Bracamontes don't care about our laws", the ad said, even though there is no known connection between Bracamontes and the migrant caravan.

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CNN publicly stated they refused to run the ad because it was racist.

CNN quickly condemned the ad, running multiple articles that condemned the ad and the 2016 GOP election strategy in general as "racist". "President Trump and his allies will protect our border and keep our families safe", according to the ad, which urges viewers to vote Republican. Parscale made no mention of Fox's decision. "On Monday morning, an NBC Universal spokesperson said the company recognizes 'the insensitive nature of the ad and have made a decision to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible'".

NBC said Monday that in its review, it recognizes the insensitive nature of the ad.

On Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. blasted CNN for refusing to run the ad, which prompted the network to respond on Twitter, saying it was "abundantly clear" the ad was racist.

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Mr Parscale said the media was trying to control what Americans see and think.

Before the ad aired, Trump had blamed Democrats for the 7,000-strong caravan.

"This ad violates Facebook's advertising policy against sensational content so we are rejecting it", a Facebook spokesman told The Daily Beast.

Facebook, too, announced Monday that the ad could not be a paid ad on the site, though users can still post it themselves.

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