Trump Campaign Issues Ridiculous Excuse After Getting Busted Using Fake Footage in Ad (Video)

If you haven’t heard by now, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump released his first TV ad on Monday. To be honest, this is a moment I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. I couldn’t wait to see just how absurd his campaign ads were going to be.

And I was not disappointed.

The absurdity of this fear-mongering piece of propaganda aside, there was another controversy tied to this ad. There’s a scene about halfway through showing dozens of people fleeing across a border as the voiceover says, “[Trump will] stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for.” Clearly indicating that this footage was taken at our southern border, showing illegal Mexican immigrants pouring into the country.

Except, the people in this video weren’t Mexicans, nor was it a video taken at our border. It was footage of African immigrants taken at the border of Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla (halfway around the world). This should surprise nobody as this is the same campaign that tweeted out a picture of Trump which included Nazi soldiers in the background.

Well, instead of simply admitting that they used inaccurate footage (which is clearly what happened), they did what Trump almost always does: Lie.

Here’s the official statement from the Trump campaign:

“The use of this footage was intentional and selected to demonstrate the severe impact of an open border and the very real threat Americans face if we do not immediately build a wall and stop illegal immigration. The biased mainstream media doesn’t understand, but Americans who want to protect their jobs and families do.”

Yeah – that’s complete b.s.

There’s no such clarification in the ad that this footage is from Morocco. The way the ad plays out is clearly meant to imply that the images depict Mexican immigrants crossing the U.S./Mexico border. There is absolutely no way that the average American voter who saw this ad would have had any idea that they were watching footage from Morocco. Especially considering the voiceover that plays right as the footage airs is specifically talking about Mexican immigrants.

Trump’s campaign manager also went on to tell NBC News, “No s***, it’s not the Mexican border but that’s what our country is going to look like. This was 1,000 percent on purpose.”

Again, that’s complete and total b.s. For his campaign to act as if Americans would just naturally know that this wasn’t the U.S./Mexico border is comically absurd.

But this is Donald Trump, he lies – all the time.

They made this dishonest video, got busted, then instead of simply admitting that they did something unethical – they lied some more. Multiple times, in fact. And this is just the beginning. I have no doubts that over the next few months the Trump campaign is going to put out some of the most outlandish, dishonest and completely ridiculous campaign ads we’ve ever seen.

Donald Trump is right about one thing – he does know how to create jobs. Just think of all the new fact-checking positions that opened up because of his candidacy.

*Update: Tuesday morning Donald Trump’s lawyer issued a statement calling the Morocco footage a “mistake.” Essentially admitting that the Trump campaign knowingly used fake footage to misrepresent something, lied about it, then finally had to admit that they intentionally tried to mislead voters. 

Watch the garbage campaign ad below:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • yvonne martinez

    Blah blah!
    Trump for President! Most people are tired of the worthless bought Politicians. It’s time for a citizen Statesman to take charge. Before thus country is taken to the brink of another civil war.

    • frivolous01

      What’s really funny about your comment is that Trump has admitted that he was one of the people buying politicians! In other words, he was behind the scenes getting politicians to do all of the nasty little things you despise so much. The only difference now is that he is in front of the camera, doesn’t make him any less of a snake.

    • Edward Krebbs

      And Trump has the mental stability and people skills to bring people back together ?

      That is, without blackmailing them, without forcing them at gunpoint, etc. If you think Obama is a dictator, just wait till you meet president Trumpster.

    • BobJThompson

      That’s why many people on the left support Bernie Sanders. A non-bought off politician, who for decades of service has tried to work for the needs of the middle class. Rather than shady business deals, bankruptcy, and shameless self-promotion. He inherited nothing, unlike Trump, and is doing pretty darn well by actually being just a decent guy who is fed up with our status quo.

      • noah vail

        now you’re expecting these idiots to listen to reason…shame on you…lol

    • Roger

      MARTINEZ…….nope, not a person that would be welcome at a Trump rally. But hey, if you’re too stupid to realize that. Have at it

    • noah vail

      when you find that “citizen statesman” in the repukelican ranks, let us all know…in the meantime it’s BERNIE IN 2016

  • Edward Krebbs

    In all fairness to Trump, it could be that Trump is so ignorant that he doesn’t know the difference between Mexico and Africa.

    It could be a reckless disregard for the truth / lie also. But Trump doesn’t impress me as someone who wants to learn new things / correct his mental deficits either.

  • bohemio

    Basically, this is a classic ends justifying the means. The media is fueling Trump’s guerrilla campaign tactics because he increases viewers and that creates revenue. They won’t hold him accountable for his vile and pants on fire remarks, in fact, they secretly relish them and don’t want him to go away. That would be bad for business. I mean, who else could get away with the things he’s said about war heroes, Mexicans, Muslims and women and still lead in polls despite the fact that Trump deferred the draft five times, filed for bankruptcies four and married thrice. As long as it helps the bottom line, the media is his biggest fan and as long as they continue to not hold him accountable, they are in effect aiding and assisting fanning the flames of hatred, hypocrisy and lies. Disgusting.