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NBC Draws Fire For Running Trump’s Racist Caravan Ad During Sunday Night Football

NBC is facing a backlash for airing a President Donald Trump-approved campaign ad during Sunday Night Football — one CNN declared too racist to air.

The 30-second spot, a version of which Trump tweeted out last week to much outrage, warned of a “7,000-migrant caravan” approaching the U.S. border with Mexico. It also featured Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant convicted of murdering two sheriff’s deputies in 2014, falsely claiming that Democrats “let him into our country.”

Per the New York Times, the ad that aired on NBC Sunday night — during a game between the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots — cut the false claims about Democrats, but still tied immigrants to crime.

“America cannot allow this invasion,” the ad warned. “The migrant caravan must be stopped. President Trump and his allies will protect our border and keep our families safe. America’s future depends on you. Stop the caravan. Vote Republican.”

While NBC aired the ad, another network pointedly refused: CNN.

Responding to Donald Trump Jr. in a tweet last week, CNN’s PR team called the ad “racist” and said it declined the opportunity to run a paid version on its air.

NBC Sports’s decision to run the ad earned outrage from critics, notably Debra Messing, whose show Will & Grace airs on NBC:

Judd Apatow also called out NBC and its parent company Comcast in a series of tweets:

UPDATE: NBC issues a statement:

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