Trump campaign slams CNN for ad 'censorship'

The latest ad from Donald J. Trump for President names reporters and anchors from CNN, MSNBC and other outlets as "enemies," and the campaign is now outraged that CNN won't run the spot.

The ad, titled "Let President Trump Do His Job," was made public on Trump's campaign YouTube page on Sunday, and features President Trump's common rhetoric labeling Democrats as obstructionists, career politicians as "getting in the way," and the media as "attacking" the commander in chief.

It also specifically featured images of the following media members as "the president's enemies":

  • CNN's Don Lemon
  • CNN's Anderson Cooper
  • MSNBC's Joe Scarborough
  • MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski
  • CNN's Dana Bash
  • MSNBC's Rachel Maddow
  • NBC's Brian Williams
  • MSNBC's Chris Hayes
  • CNN's John King
  • CNN's Brian Stelter
  • MSNBC's Chuck Todd
  • American Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan

CNN reportedly asked that changes be made to the ad, a process the network also went through with the Trump campaign's "fake news" ad spot. Because the changes were not made, the network has not run the ad.

"CNN would accept the ad if the images of reporters and anchors are removed," a network spokesperson said. "Anchors and reporters don’t have 'enemies,' as the ad states, but they do hold those in power accountable across the political spectrum and aggressively challenge false and misleading statements and investigate wrong-doing."

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Executive director to the Trump campaign Michael Glassner was quick to respond to CNN"s decision -- calling the action "censorship."

"Today, CNN provided further proof that the network earns this mistrust every day by censoring President Trump's message to the American people by blocking our paid campaign ad," Glassner said in a statement. "Clearly, the only viewpoint CNN allows on the air is CNN's."

"This will not stop or deny our message that 'President Trump's plan is working' for the American people," Glassner added.

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