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NBC, Fox News pull Trump campaign's racist ad

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and said in statements that their networks will no longer air US Donald Trump's campaign's anti-immigrant advertisement, deemed as the most racially charged national political ad in 30 years.

The ad released by the campaign last week, features Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican man who had previously been deported but returned to the US and was convicted in February in the killing of two deputies, reports

"I'm going to kill more cops soon," a grinning Bracamontes is shown saying in court as captions across the screen reading "Democrats let him into our country. Democrats let him stay".

The ad also flashes footage of the migrant caravan of Central American asylum seekers that is currently in "Who else would Democrats let in?" a caption asks.

was first to announce the change on Monday.

"After further review, we recognise the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible," it said in a statement.

Fox soon followed suit.

"Upon further review, pulled the ad and it will not appear on either Channel or Network," the network's ad sales told in a statement.

The ad ran about a dozen times on Fox News and Fox Business, combined, before being pulled.

also came under scrutiny for letting the Trump campaign run the ad on its platform.

On Monday afternoon the company said "this ad violates Facebook's against sensational content so we are rejecting it. While the video is allowed to be posted on

Facebook, it cannot receive paid distribution."

On Twitter, Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, ignored the decision by Fox to pull the ad.

Instead, Parscale lambasted NBC, CNN, and and said the "#FakeNewsMedia" was "trying to control what you see and how you think".

On Monday night, the was asked about the controversy by a

He said: "I don't know about it. I mean, you're telling me something I don't know about." He added: "We have a lot of ads, and they certainly are effective based on the numbers we are seeing."

When asked about the offensive nature of the ad, Trump said: "Well, a lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive a lot of the times."

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 10:26 IST
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