Trump TV ad shows Spanish border

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A NEW TV campaign ad released by frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination Donald Trump deliberately mislead gullible American viewers into believing that archive footage of immigrants climbing a fence was on the Mexican border.

In reality the video is years old footage of migrants storming the Moroccan-Spanish border into Melilla, a small Spanish enclave in North Africa. 

The video is the former landlord’s first foray into political television advertisement and continues the pattern of rhetoric and exaggeration that has seen him shoot to the top of the polls. A 30-second message that uses the fear factor to focus purely on terrorism and immigration, the film features a typically dramatic male speaker telling viewers what ‘The Donald’ will do.

“He’ll quickly cut off the head of ISIS and take their oil,” the speaker intones “And he’ll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for,” over footage showing multiple migrants streaming over a border.

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski admitted the ploy was deliberate, telling NBC News, “No shit it’s not the Mexican border, but that’s what our country is going to look like. This was 1,000 per cent on purpose.”

Ironically there are now more Mexicans leaving the United States than entering, the first time since the 1940s. 

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