Donald Trump‘s first paid television ad, released yesterday, purports to show large numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the US-Mexican border. The ad, which has already stirred plenty of controversy for doubling down on some of the Republican front-runner's more incendiary rhetoric (including his proposed ban on Muslims entering the US), has been proven to contain footage from Morocco in place of Mexico.
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The fact-checking website 'PolitiFact' traced the footage used in Trump's ad back to the wesbite of Italian newspaper La Repubblica. 'On May 3, 2014, the network posted footage of migrants crossing the border into Melilla, one of two enclaves on the Moroccan coast that are held by Spain,' wrote 'PolitiFact.'
Trump's campaign manager issued a response to NBC saying that the use of Morocco in the ad was intentional.
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