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: