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:
CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist. When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined. Those are the facts. 🍎
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) November 3, 2018
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
— Gragae (@Gragae2) November 3, 2018
Great to see someone taking a stand for decency.
— It's Jeff Manghera! (@TheJeffManghera) November 4, 2018
Thank you CNN
— Go Cats! (@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
Because the ad is a complete lie as far as the circumstances of this criminal being in the country are represented. You and IQ45 @POTUS @realDonaldTrump should be more worried about Mueller and what he’s going to do after the midterms. 😎
— Karen (@kes1doc_karen) 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!
— Karma. The high road often involves a hike. (@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.
Im latin american, and this add might be innacurate, exagerated, not factually correct, etc. But IS NOT racist.
Not everything that you don’t like is racist. And the fact that you rejected the add on that basis shows, once again, that you’re not a news network, but propaganda.
— Christian Pomar (@Pomar_Rodriguez) November 4, 2018
I had no idea "illegal alien" was a race. Thanks for educating me, @CNN!
— Thomas Paine II (@t2paine) November 4, 2018
There is literally not one shred of anything that could even be mistaken as racist in this ad. CNN has forced more people to vote red than any Republican could.
— AdamLtd (@ltd_adam) 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