Last week, Donald Trump unveiled a provocative new web ad that accuses Democrats of allowing an illegal immigrant, who later went on to kill a police officer, into the country.
Turns out that accusation isn't true, of course, but that hasn't stopped Trump and his boosters from sharing and promoting the ad, which has widely been derided as "racist."
On Saturday, Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to excoriate CNN for not airing a shorter TV-ready version of the ad, saying "I guess they only run fake news."
CNN refused to run this ad... I guess they only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats that don’t suit the… https://t.co/wmN9DnYyPO— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1541245262.0
CNN was not going to let that slide without comment, and even got a little snarky with the president's son:
@DonaldJTrumpJr CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist. When presented w… https://t.co/Ui29o3TaMW— CNN Communications (@CNN Communications) 1541257105.0
People could not get enough of CNN's clap back:
@CNNPR @DonaldJTrumpJr Keep up the resistance against lies and demagoguery. I wish the other network news that trum… https://t.co/Upc6aYQpAg— Luapers (@Luapers) 1541257763.0
@CNNPR @brianstelter @DonaldJTrumpJr 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏— 🌹🌹Gragae 🌹🌹 (@🌹🌹Gragae 🌹🌹) 1541257618.0
@CNNPR @DonaldJTrumpJr Great to see someone taking a stand for decency.— It's Jeff Manghera! (@It's Jeff Manghera!) 1541347655.0
@CNNPR @HelenKennedy @DonaldJTrumpJr Thank you CNN— BBN (@BBN) 1541257811.0
@CNNPR @DonaldJTrumpJr Ha! Love the apple.— Jeanette Moore (@Jeanette Moore) 1541260826.0
And went after Jr.
@CNNPR @roripierpont1 @DonaldJTrumpJr DON'T CONFUSE THE JR TRUMP WITH FACTS! @realDonaldTrump— Dump Trump ⚜️ (@Dump Trump ⚜️) 1541258089.0
@CNNPR @joshscampbell @DonaldJTrumpJr Because the ad is a complete lie as far as the circumstances of this criminal… https://t.co/uTFqPD0cpx— Karen (@Karen) 1541263285.0
But some felt CNN was being hypocritical.
@CNNPR @joanwalsh @DonaldJTrumpJr Another fact - @cnn you ARE airing the ad for free when you show clips of it. CUT IT OUT!— I was born like this, I had no choice. (@I was born like this, I had no choice.) 1541261878.0
@CNNPR @DonaldJTrumpJr Wait...CNN refused to be paid to air this ad but did tweet it out to the masses via their of… https://t.co/7WcwjbNNJF— Patrick Artrip (@Patrick Artrip) 1541333194.0
@CNNPR @DonaldJTrumpJr CNN, you run this cr@p over and over. You do not deserve a praise.— BagLady (@BagLady) 1541266327.0
And some didn't find the ad -- this version at least -- racist.
@CNNPR @DonaldJTrumpJr I had no idea "illegal alien" was a race. Thanks for educating me, @CNN!— Thomas Paine II (@Thomas Paine II) 1541347420.0
But there were also those who found CNN worthy of praise for not accepting ad money to air the ad in rotation on its network:
@CNNPR @DonaldJTrumpJr Thank you @CNN, for critically thinking about it (and not just the revenue). We need more of that, everywhere.— Danny Paskin (@Danny Paskin) 1541260034.0
@CNNPR @DonaldJTrumpJr Although for some it is difficult to believe it... money can not buy everything.— Carlos H. (@Carlos H.) 1541307747.0