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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Donald Trump’s new campaign ad promises to seal off a national border that is out of control — but maybe not one of the actual borders in the United States.

Trump’s new spot boasts, among various maniacal campaign vows, that the tycoon will “stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our Southern border — that Mexico will pay for,” as video is shown of a large crowd of people rushing a border fence.

The clear suggestion is that the footage is of the “southern border” between the United States and Mexico. But it’s not — it’s 5,000 miles away, in a small Spanish enclave on the mainland of Morocco.

PolitiFact was able to trace the footage back to the Italian television network RepubblicaTV. On May 3, 2014, the network posted footage of Moroccans crossing the border into Melilla, one of two enclaves on the Moroccan coast that are held by Spain. Migrants who cross the border there are essentially entering territory held by a European Union nation, even though they are still on the African continent.

NBC News reporter Katy Tur — who has previously been called out for ridicule by The Donald at his rallies — got a very interesting comment from Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

This campaign official for a presidential frontrunner then further clarified his position:

 

 

Update: The Trump campaign soon issued a new statement, Katy Tur has also reported — in which they insisted that their use of the Morocco footage over a narration about the Mexican border was totally intentional!

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