Co-hosts take GOP Presidential candidate to task for using footage from African nation as though it were from Mexico
The co-hosts of “The View” tore into Donald Trump’s first campaign TV ad on Tuesday for using Morocco as an apparent stand-in for Mexico.
In the ad, people are seen running towards a border fence, while the narrator repeats Trump’s promise to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. But Politifact discovered that the footage actually depicts a group of Moroccans trying to cross into Spain.
“[Trump’s campaign] had three different answers,” Raven-Symone said. “First, she said she didn’t know the source of the video. Then they said it was on purpose. Then somebody who didn’t have all that information said, ‘No, this was a mistake.’ They don’t even know what’s going on in their own camp.”
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks originally said that she was not aware of the source of the video and did not speak for the video production company. However, Trump’s campaign released a statement shortly thereafter saying that the use of the Morocco footage was “1,000 percent on purpose.”
“The Mexicans are leaving the United States,” Joy Behar said. “They are not coming in in the mass droves that he says they are coming in. Maybe he’s going to build a wall around Morocco now. That would be good. How many miles would that be?”
Candace Cameron-Bure played devil’s advocate, saying, “This is an important topic and, no, the footage is not from Mexico. I got the point of where it was. It didn’t really bother me where the footage was from. He’s trying to get the topic of immigration.”
But Symone said that when it comes to politics, facts absolutely matter. “First of all, if you’re in a political campaign, I don’t want to hear ‘What’s the difference?'” she said. “I want to hear facts. I don’t need to hear you go back and forth like this. It’s ridiculous.”