Trump Ad Shows Moroccans, Not Mexicans, Crossing Border

But that's on purpose, his campaign says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2016 4:50 PM CST
Updated Jan 5, 2016 12:44 AM CST

Donald Trump's inaugural 2016 TV ad promises Trump will "stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for," as the screen shows people streaming over a border. But, though you may have assumed the footage is Mexicans crossing into the US, it actually shows Moroccans crossing into Melilla, an enclave held by Spain, the Hill reports; Politifact sourced the footage to the Italian television network RepubblicaTV. If you thought Trump's campaign might be embarrassed by the apparent snafu, though, you thought wrong: "No shit, it's not the Mexican border but that's what our country is going to look like if we don't do anything," says Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, according to NBC reporter Katy Tur. "This was 1,000% on purpose."

Trump himself addressed the issue Monday night on the O'Reilly Factor, dubbing the whole thing "irrelevant." He continued, "You can just take it any way you want, but it's really merely a display of what a dumping ground is going to look like. And that's what our country's becoming very rapidly." NBC News tacks on this emailed statement from Lewandowski: The selected footage shows "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 their families do." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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