It turns out that Donald Trump can be too racist for Fox News. As of now, Fox, CNN, NBC and Facebook have all decreed that the Trump campaign’s heinously shitty anti-immigrant ad simply cannot run on their networks. As you can imagine, that is a pretty serious indication that the ad is quite bad.
The ad, which was released late last week, wrongly depicts migrants at the United States’ southern border as invaders and criminals, heavily implying that they are basically on a warpath to assault and kill American citizens.
CNN refused to run the ad at all, whereas Fox, NBC and Facebook had it running for a period of time before they all pulled it at roughly the same time, likely buoyed by extreme backlash.
“After further review,” NBC said, “we recognise the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible.”
and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network,” Fox ad sales president Marianne Gambelli told CNN in a statement. Considering the endless cavalcade of racist filth Fox pushes out to appeal to elderly bigots, it’s certainly saying something that this was a bridge too far.
Facebook, which has faced much controversy over its handling of political ads, issued a statement saying that the video violates its community guidelines and cannot run as a paid ad. It can however be posted to Facebook by the campaign:
We have Community Standards that outline what is and isn’t allowed on Facebook. However, when it comes to ads on Facebook, we have a higher set of standards for what can run in an ad. Our Advertising Policies are more restrictive because they take paid distribution. Under our Community Standards, this video is allowed to be posted on Facebook.
At an earlier rally stop, Trump himself denied knowing anything about the ad, while saying that ads from his campaign were doing well generally. “I don’t know about it,” he told a reporter “I mean, you’re telling me something I don’t know about.”
“Well, a lot of things are offensive,” he went on to say. “Your questions are offensive a lot of the times.”