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 their agenda. Enjoy. Remember this on Tuesday. #vote #voterepublican pic.twitter.com/VyMm7GhPLX
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 3, 2018
CNN was not going to let that slide without comment, and even got a little snarky with the president’s son:
People could not get enough of CNN’s clap back:
Keep up the resistance against lies and demagoguery. I wish the other network news that trump deems fake news would follow your courageous stance. Let Fox run the lies. Funny thing is trump constantly berates CNN and now they’re complaining that you’re not running their lies? Huh
— Luapers (@luapers) November 3, 2018
Great to see someone taking a stand for decency.
— It's Jeff Manghera! (@TheJeffManghera) November 4, 2018
Thank you CNN
— BBN (@DfSwildcat) November 3, 2018
Ha! Love the apple.
— Jeanette Moore (@Jeanett88059891) November 3, 2018
And went after Jr.
DON'T CONFUSE THE JR TRUMP WITH FACTS!@realDonaldTrump
— Dump Trump ⚜️ (@YourFiredLiar) November 3, 2018
But some felt CNN was being hypocritical.
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. (@CaVikki) November 3, 2018
Wait…CNN refused to be paid to air this ad but did tweet it out to the masses via their official communications Twitter account? The irony!
— Patrick Artrip (@CrimsonTideFB) November 4, 2018
CNN, you run this cr@p over and over. You do not deserve a praise.
— BagLady (@BagLady20) November 3, 2018
And some didn’t find the ad — this version at least — racist.
I had no idea "illegal alien" was a race. Thanks for educating me, @CNN!
— Thomas Paine II (@t2paine) November 4, 2018
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:
Thank you @CNN, for critically thinking about it (and not just the revenue). We need more of that, everywhere.
— Danny Paskin (@DPaskin) November 3, 2018
Although for some it is difficult to believe it… money can not buy everything.
— Carlos H. (@cj15044) November 4, 2018