The Trump campaign’s racist anti-immigration ad linking an undocumented immigrant convicted of murdering two law enforcement officers to the Central American migrant caravan traveling toward the U.S. border will no longer run on NBC News or Fox News, according to CNN.
After initially opting to air the ad, the networks separately issued statements on Monday indicating they will stop.
> NBC was first to announce the change, doing so after a backlash over its decision to show the 30-second spot during "Sunday Night Football," one of the highest-rated programs on television.
> "After further review," NBC said, "we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible."
Not long after, Fox News issued its own statement:
> "Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network," ad sales president Marianne Gambelli told CNN in a statement.
> The ad ran about a dozen times on Fox News and Fox Business, combined, before being pulled.
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale blasted NBC News, CNN and Facebook — which also said Monday the ad “violates Facebook's advertising policy against sensational content so we are rejecting it” — in a Twitter post, saying the "#FakeNewsMedia" was "trying to control what you see and how you think."
Parscale neglected to include Fox News in with the others.
> A little while later, the president was asked about the controversy by a reporter. He said "I don't know about it. I mean, you're telling me something I don't know about." He added: "We have a lot of ads, and they certainly are effective based on the numbers we are seeing."
> When asked about the offensive nature of the ad, Trump said, "Well, a lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive a lot of the times."