“Racist” Trump Ad Receives Backlash

Jake Silvey, Student Journalist

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At a commercial break during the NFL game that set a Sunday Night Football ratings record at 21 million total viewers, a new controversial Trump advertisement was shown on live television. I was watching the game and saw the ad, and, I’ll admit, the ad was sort of unsettling. The ad began by talking about a Mexican immigrant who had murdered people in California and indirectly told the viewers that’s why immigrants shouldn’t be granted access into the U.S. The rest of the ad showed the 7,000 immigrants, part of the migrant caravan which was called ‘an invasion,’ and a wall being put up which would stop them from entering the U.S. NBC pulled the ad that has been called racist by so many, but was it? As a political ad, its purpose was to criticize our weak borders and evoke emotions about immigration, which it did, however, it might have gone too far. The public has seen these sort of controversies from President Trump all throughout his presidency so this doesn’t surprise me or hit me as “racist” right-off-the-bat, even though I understand those who think it is. When asked about the ad President Trump said, “I don’t know about it,” and that he has a lot of ads that are very effective. The ad has been removed from NBC and is just another attempt to provoke action in politics surrounding the important midterm elections.

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