Here's What's Wrong With Donald Trump's Campaign Ad

Jan 04, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's first TV ad shows dozens of people attempting to jump a border fence as a narrator talks about illegal immigration from Mexico. But fact-checkers pointed out that the ad actually shows Moroccans.

PolitiFact traced the footage shown right as a narrator says "he'll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for" back to a video posted by Italian television network RepubblicaTV.

On May 1, 2014, about 800 Moroccan migrants tried to cross the border into Melilla, a territory of Spain. They rushed the wall that separates Melilla from the rest of the African continent, according to PolitiFact. The video later surfaced on YouTube in a July 2015 post titled, "1,000s of immigrants try to cross the border at once."

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PolitiFact rated the campaign ad as Pants on Fire, meaning "the statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim."

To which the Trump campaign responded that they knew exactly what they were doing, writing in a statement that the video was 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."

Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski added some color, telling NBC News, "No sh-- it's not the Mexican border, but that's what our country is going to look like. This was 1,000 percent on purpose."

As with most things Trump, Twitter users had some fun.

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