Before a campaign event on Monday, President Donald Trump was approached by a reporter who questioned one of his controversial campaign ads that falsely promotes fear about a caravan of migrants invading the southern U.S. border.
The ad was so racially charged that Fox News said in a statement from sales president Marianne Gambelli: “Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network”.
Although the ad has been deemed “offensive” and “racist” by some, as well as banned by CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, Trump downplayed it by snapping at the reporter, sticking to his guns, and touting it as effective nonetheless.
NEW: “We have a lot of ads,” Pres. Trump says when asked about controversy over anti-immigration ad. “They certainly are effective, based on the numbers that we’re seeing.” “A lot of things are offensive,” he says on criticism that ad is offensive. “Your questions are offensive.” pic.twitter.com/ljTjjdnUz7
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) November 5, 2018
“I don’t know about it,” he said in response to the reporter’s questioning. “We have a lot of ads and they certainly are effective based on the numbers that we’re seeing.”
Regarding the “offensive” nature of the ad, Trump also indicated that he was not overly concerned about it.
“A lot of things are offensive,” he snapped back. “Your questions are offensive a lot of times. So, you know.”
Here is the ad in question, if you haven’t seen it:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018