Donald Trump's Campaign Unveils First TV Ad With One Glaring Mistake

by Stacey Leasca
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On Monday, Donald Trump's campaign released its first TV ad, and boy, oh boy, is it a doozy.

In the 30-second spot, Trump declares all terror attacks as "radical Islamic terrorism," calls for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US, promises to "cut the head off ISIS" and, of course, discusses his plan to build a giant wall along the US-Mexico border, which Mexico will pay for.

But there is one glaring issue with the scene shown while discussing the border: It's footage of a border in Morocco.

The footage, which shows dozens of people fleeing over the border, is from Italian television network Repubblica TV and aired on May 3, 2014.

When asked about the footage by NBC, Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski allegedly said,

No sh*t its not the Mexican border but thats what our country is going to look like if we don't do anything.

Trump Spokesperson Hope Hicks defended Lewandowski in another statement, claiming the team intentionally used the footage from Morocco.

She said,

The use of this footage was intentional and selected to demonstrate 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.

Trump, however, may be focusing on the wrong issue.

As the Pew Research Center reported last month, "For the first time since the 1940s, more immigrants from Mexico are leaving the US than coming into the country."

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Citations: Donald Trump's first TV ad shows migrants 'at the southern border,' but they're actually in Morocco (Politifact)