Donald Trump's election campaign used footage from Morrocco to represent migrants crossing the southern border between Mexico and the United States in his first major television advertisement, a fact-checking website has claimed.
Twenty-two seconds into the campaign video – which gives some of the most divisive proposals of Mr Trump’s campaign a starring role – a stern-sounding narrator says of Mr Trump, “He’ll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for”. The clip then shows dozens of people hurriedly approaching a border fence.
The website Politifact says the border footage used in the video is not from the United States’ “southern border” – in fact, it is 5,000 miles away, in a small Spanish enclave on the mainland of Morocco. The video clip used by Trump’s campaign team, they claim, has removed the time stamp of May 2014 and the logo of the Italian television network, RepubblicaTV.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
Politifact – which fact-checks statements by US politicians – says they have traced the footage back to 2014 when migrants were crossing the border into Melilla. A clip, from May 2014, is available on Youtube. The Trump campaign also appears to have added a darkening filter to the clip giving it a more sinister look.
A spokeswoman for Mr Trump told the website she did not know the source of the video included in the campaign advertisement and that she doesn’t speak for the video production company.
The advertisement was also used to repeat Mr Trump’s controversial call for a temporary ban on foreign Muslims being allowed to enter the US. It also threatens to “quickly cut off the head” of the so-called Islamic State and “take their oil”.
Trump’s campaign says he intends to spend two million dollars - or £1.36 million – a week on the advertisement, set to begin airing today across the first two states to cast votes in the Republican nominating contest.
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