Real-estate mogul Donald Trump’s campaign said Monday that fact-checkers of its new commercial missed the point of the ad.
Earlier in the day, the Republican presidential front-runner released his first television ad, which featured grainy footage as the narrator warned against illegal immigration on “our southern border.”
But according to PolitiFact, the footage was actually from a small Spanish enclave next to Morocco.
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski bluntly told NBC News, however, that it wasn’t a mistake.
“No s— it’s not the Mexican border, but that’s what our country is going to look like. This was 1,000% on purpose,” he said.
The Trump campaign further released a statement criticising the “mainstream media,” according to CBS News:
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. The biased mainstream media doesn’t understand, but Americans who want to protect their jobs and their families do.
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