NBCUniversal Pulls Controversial Trump Campaign Ad

US President Donald Trump has been campaigning across the country

Facebook's realization that the ad violated its policies may have come too late. CNN refused to run the ad and its anchors and chyrons repeatedly referred to it as "racist".

Fox pulled the ad on Sunday "upon further review", said Marianne Gambelli, president of the network's ad sales department.

The primetime ads ran during the broadcast of a Sunday night National Football League game, and linked Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant convicted of killing two sheriff's deputies in California in 2014, to the caravan of immigrants fleeing Central America.

The ad ran about a dozen times on Fox News and Fox Business, combined, before being pulled.

NBC said Monday that in its further review, it recognizes the insensitive nature of the ad. "We have a lot of ads and they certainly are effective, based on the numbers that we're seeing".

"CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist", the network's communications team tweeted on Saturday.

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The fact that the Comcast-owned net would take the ad and run it put more than a fright into a number of Hollywood players, with Judd Apatow and Will & Grace star Debra Messsing chastising NBC.

The ad, aimed at battleground states like Arizona and Florida, echoes President Trump's claims that "criminals and unknown Middle Easterners" are traveling with the Central American migrant caravans now crossing Mexico on their way to the U.S. border.

A source familiar with the matter told CBS News the ad was produced by the Trump campaign, with an ad buy of $1.5 million across TV and digital platforms.

Facebook is still allowing its members to post the ad in their news feeds, however. Parscale didn't mention Fox News.

He said the media was trying to control what people see and think.

Many have compared the caravan commercial to the infamous Willie Horton ad during the 1988 presidential campaign that damaged the prospects of Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis.

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