Trump 2020 Campaign Attacks CNN For Not Running Ad Calling Their Journalists His “Enemies” [VIDEO]

USA Today reports:

President Trump’s re-election campaign said CNN had blocked its latest campaign ad, accusing the network of censorship. But the network said it has not rejected the ad. The ad in question blasts Democrats, the media and career politicians. Additionally, it implies that members of the media are “the president’s enemies.” During a voiceover using that phrase, the ad features clips of journalists, many of whom work for CNN.

Campaign executive director Michael Glassner said millions of Americans support the president because of their “complete mistrust” in mainstream media. “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,” he said in a statement. “Clearly, the only viewpoint CNN allows on the air is CNN’s.”

A CNN spokesperson said, “CNN would accept the ad if the images of reporters and anchors are removed. 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.”

  • bambinoitaliano

    Should just number all his headlines as Day 211 Trump Attacks : Blah Blah Blah.

  • BobSF_94117

    CNN should have accepted the ad and then played a response to it every single time it was aired.

    • I don’t agree. Too many media outlets are doing what Donald wants which is repeating his words in the first place, often without interruption and responding only at the very end, by which time many people are already tuning out.

      In other words, you don’t give the vile the 1st crack at people’s open minds.

    • Chucktech

      As long as their response is clearly labeled as an editorial response, sure.

  • Tatonka

    They should have run it. It’s a badge of honor for Trump to call you an enemy.

    • Todd20036

      More free advertising for Trump? Pass.
      There’s no such thing as bad publicity for Twitler.

  • Tawreos

    I am guessing that next he’l want some happy fun time camps to send his enemies to. He may even want to have a special gold star or a pink triangle for them to wear so that others can see they are the enemies of Trump.

  • kareemachan

    Wow, he really does think he rules the universe.

    • It’s what happens when extreme narcissism become psychotic and pathological.

      • kareemachan

        And mixed up with a generous soupcon of dementia.

        • I believe so, too.

        • DreadPikathulhu

          and a lifetime of toadies and lackeys telling him what a genius he is.

          • Ross

            Yes, girl!

        • Ross

          YEP!

        • M Jackson

          Don’t forget the clap.

          • RoFaWh

            More likely syphilis.

      • Ross

        Yep!

      • Chucktech

        Psychotic and pathological implies that he can be treated and made better. I really think he is not mentally ill, he’s mentally defective. Can’t fix that.

      • JCF

        And then we the Electoral College gives him nuclear weapons.

    • Ross

      Yep.

  • james1200

    This should be the democratic response ad.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/cnaSOgbS9IkXS/200.gif

    • Bluto
      • james1200

        Well, Trump is special.

        • RoFaWh

          “Special” is not always a compliment…

          • james1200

            Exactly.

    • Todd20036

      what’s that from?

      • BobSF_94117

        The near future…

      • Terminator 2. the best of the bunch, imho. “there is no Fate, but what we make.” i loved her so much in that movie.

        • james1200

          I was so jealous of her muscles!

        • I am the same age as Edward Furlong. I was 12 when that movie came out. Combine that with raging hormones and just figuring out that I was gay. That movie is a favorite of mine, though not just for those reasons I mentioned above.

          • Speaking of raging hormones, mmmm…Michael Biehn. (Sorry, I know he’s only in the first movie, but I couldn’t resist.)

            Unfortunately, he has NOT aged well.

      • BobSF_94117
  • Bad Tom

    “Clearly, the only viewpoint CNN allows on the air is CNN’s.”

    Yeah, that’s called owning a press (TV network, newspaper, radio station, website, …)
    ——-
    Next let’s talk about Fox.

    • Jonathan Smith
    • Todd20036

      Hey CNN, thanks for covering EVERY FUCKING EMAIL THE FBI RELEASED, and giving it sensationalistic coverage while ignoring Trump’s bigotries and rapes.

      • kcken

        I still won’t watch CNN for that reason.

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      I’m sure Fox news will eagerly accept blanket advertisments (paid for by Soros!) that insults and demeans their on air personalities and impugns the credibility of the entire network.

    • RoFaWh

      My reply would be “That’s right. Got a problem with that?”

  • Karl Dubhe

    CNN should just say that they don’t accept advertising from Fascists.

  • The barking gherkin-fingered shitgibbon really doesn’t understand the First Amendment. CNN and any other media outlet is not obliged to host him or his messages of hate and violence like letting random strangers into one’s house so they can shit on the living room floor.

    https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/free_speech.png

    • kareemachan

      Maybe we should all mail, email, or fax him the above cartoon. Maybe he can learn.

      Ye elder gods, who am I kidding?

        • kareemachan

          😉

          What can I say? I was a Lovecraft fan from way back. It was only years later than I realized what an insecure racist he was. But his writing….well, most of it. I collect Arkham House books, and his 5-volume set of writings was…. eye-opening.

          • I adore Lovecraft, too. Besides the books, my co-workers (friends all) and I used to play the ‘Call of Cthulhu’ board game on our many gaming weekends.

            “Shit, gibbering madness—just went insane, I’m out.”

  • pj

    they left out the part about the nazis. and attacking every head of government in the western world and taking the epa and the state department apart. and privatizing the schools and global warming…and threatening north korea and other third world countries. and so much more. our donnie has been busy dont leave anything out.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Even a puppy outgrow the shoe biting phase. Unlike this shit gibbons that constantly going through his same old list of targets and never giving up. I see owners who use the same shoe to smack the puppies on the mouth to make them stop. Perhaps someone should use the tv to smack this shit gibbon every time he sees fit to throw a tantrum.

    • Twitter just needs to shut down his account. Or shut down completely. Either way we’ll all be better off.

  • Ross

    Donnie keeps bragging about the economy.

    But it is understood by sane people that no President gets credit for the economy in his/her first year. Be the economy good or bad.

    The current good economy is entirely thanks to Obama.

    Bill Clinton inherited a destroyed economy thanks to Reagan/Bush. This DEMOCRAT transformed it.

    George W inherited a roaring economy thanks to Clinton. This REPUBLICAN destroyed it.

    Obama inherited a destroyed economy thanks to Bush. This DEMOCRAT transformed it.

    Donnie inherited a good economy thanks to Obama. This REPUBLICAN, I have no doubt, will soon destroy it.

    So, little Donnie, let’s talk in a year. If you are still there.

    • The warning signs of imminent stock market bubble popping and potential currency meltdowns are already there. Pulling out of TPP it seems was not such a good idea after all, and the threats to pull out of NAFTA are stupendously…well, stupid.

      Add global chaos and threats of war, and suddenly faith in the world economy dives head-first into the shitter.

      • Ross

        “Stupendously…well, stupid”

        Three words summing up the Trump regime.

      • JDS

        But her Eeeeeemmmmaaailllssss people wail.

    • vorpal 😼

      But it is understood by sane people that no President gets credit for the economy in his/her first year.

      Two issues with that statement:
      1. You said SANE people.
      2. Conservative memories don’t last more than a few weeks, if that.

      • Joseph Miceli

        The words “Critical Faculties” and “conservative” don’t ever belong in the same sentence. But then again, neither do words like “fiscally responsible” or “shame.”
        Bless their hearts!

      • Bob Conti

        Goldfish have greater cognitive abilities.

        • vorpal 😼

          Also less orange than Trump.

    • M Jackson

      As for visiting him in a year, he may be restricted to only attorneys and close family members.

      • Bob Conti

        But Melania, don’t you want to come over for a conjugal visit?

        I’m good. Thanks.

        • M Jackson

          Lol!

      • bzrd

        close family members might be in the clink, too

        • M Jackson

          They can develop a series of taps on the cell wall with their tin cup.

  • it’s kind of scary, cause it works “both ways,” but the privately owned media really does have the freedom to do something like this. and they should, more often. the reason they usually don’t is because of money, but in this case, it seems like a lot of media owners have realized that the manbaby is in truth their enemy. a man who would destroy freedom of expression at every level, if he got the chance.

    i’m no fan of the MSM. but i am a fan of people who stand up for their jobs, and who stand up to oppression. they don’t do that so often, and utterly failed in the last couple of decades. but now really is the time for our “free” press to do its duty, and i’m glad to see that even the corporate owned media superstars understand that. it would’ve been nice if they had done so when the Chimp was elevated to power, but i guess this just proves my opinion of them right; they are slow to anger but mighty when they are, like one of Danny’s dragons.

  • Ninja0980

    Gee, don’t private business have the right to do what they want?
    That’s why I always hear when they discriminate against women, LGBT and POC.

  • AJ Drew

    Oh my:

    Trump won’t visit Charlottesville. “Why the hell would we do that?” one White House official said, suggesting that the administration sees no upside and whatever Trump might do in Charlottesville would be “used against” him by the media. (The Daily Beast)

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-not-planning-on-charlottesville-trip-why-the-hell-would-we-do-that-aides-say

    • Chucktech

      Yeah, why be all presidential and unifying and stuff like that? No upside for Donnie. Well, fuck that, then…

    • Hank

      Charlottesville is only 1 1/2 hr ride from DC and an even shorter helicopter ride. Of course, showing up, would mean he would lose his base.

    • Todd20036

      Technically he’s right.

      The time for him to actually visit the site, and have it mean anything has long past.

      Immediately after the area was secure would have been ideal, Sunday would have been adequate.

      But even then, only if it was accompanied by tweets that condemned Nazis and white nationalists and NOT BLM

      • Chucktech

        And interrupt his golf game?? Fuck that…

        • Todd20036

          You’re right. Silly me.

        • kareemachan

          Damn, you beat me to this.

          “It’s my VACATION, DAMNIT.”

          • Stogiebear

            How many weeks is he into that 17 day vacation???

          • Beagle

            It feels like at least three months.

    • JCF

      Does anyone (Drumpf obviously doesn’t) remember early 2001? Half the country LOATHED George W Bush. Then 9/11 happened *, Dubya said some actually unifying things +, and he completely turned his numbers around.

      Drumpf theoretically COULD act this way—but he won’t. Because he “sees no upside”. Because he’s President of ONLY his base, and literally does not give One Single Fuck about anyone who didn’t (except to attack them!). [If Drumpf drags you down, Rethugs: you built this!]

      * Not addressing the Dubya Admin mistakes which allowed 9/11.

      + Too unifying, in terms of the Patriot Act! (not to mention the subsequent Iraq War)

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Wow, lately I can almost see CNN’s balls.

    • Ross

      Yep. Almost.

    • Hank

      I will stick with MSNBC’s cajones!!! CNN’s will fadeaway quickly!

  • Lazycrockett
  • Michael R
  • Moebym Reborn

    So many things wrong with this picture.

    1. He launched his re-election campaign the day he was inaugurated.
    2. He’s taking credit for low unemployment rates that are still the outcome of Obama’s economic policies.
    3. He’s telling a news organization to run an ad attacking their own employees for running stories that make Trump look bad (i.e. the truth).

    AND

    4. He was elected in the first place.

    • kareemachan

      You forgot: He retweeted an image of CNN being run over by a train.

    • he didn’t actually “win.” i’m just going to keep posting this until all the rest of you understand it. russians, gerrymandering, blacks being prevented from voting in blue states by margins large enough to make it look like he “won.”

      nope. the motherfucker stole it, or rather, his masters stole it and too many people weren’t paying attention at the time. he DID NOT WIN.

      • Chucktech

        THANK YOU. This fatalistic, defeatist meme of “Well he won fair and square, we have to deal with it” just galls me to fucking death.

        NO, HE DIDN’T win “fair and square”.

      • The_Wretched

        ^this

        it’s a complex thing.

      • Agreed but in a saner country the election results would have looked like Macron vs LePen.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Censor away.

  • Octavio

    Here’s a better Republican campaign slogan: “Let Trump just fucking die already!”

    Kind of catchy, no?

  • CB

    Networks have standards and practices departments. They have the right to refuse to run ads that don’t adhere to those. In this case, it’s about truth, and they are right to say that CNN personalities are not “enemies.” Indeed, they would run the ad without those images. However, the drumpf campaign thinks it gets more mileage out of being a victim than being accurate. Typical BS.

    • They knew they weren’t going to run this when they made it. And then them not running it becomes a story and gets the ad run (at least online) anyway. They knew exactly what they were doing.

  • AtticusP

    Instead of being reelected in 2020, my hope is that Trump and all his merry minions are soon doing 20 to life in a federal facility.

  • um. do presidents usually start their reelection bids 7 months in?

    • Nope. He started it for a reason though: He’s already been using donations (okay, bribes really) as a personal slush fund for family and Trump Org expenses.

      • Oh, and the other reason: The malignant narcissist is completely addicted to supportive crowds cheering at him.

        The Divided States of Trump, over which he presides, has a population consisting only of those who support him. Anyone who doesn’t support him, he doesn’t give a fuck about.

        • JWC

          they cheered Robespierre at the Guillotine as well

          • RoFaWh

            Perhaps someone with carpentry skills can build a tumbrel? Then we fill it with knitting needles and make sure it’s present at every crazy old man event.

      • The_Wretched

        They needed a new slush fund after the Trump Foundation was put on hiatus by the NY-AG.

      • jerry

        His (and family’s) attorney fees are being paid from campaign funds.

    • Moebym Reborn

      He started it on day one.

      • safari

        Literally hours after the inauguration. It also means that he gets some shielding from certain types of political attacks because he’s a candidate, so NGOs can’t attack him directly less it look political.

    • AJ Drew

      nope, but notice where the events take place and how the donations are being spent and it will all make sense!

    • JWC

      his base, the un educated , have a short attention span( shorter than donnies) so he has to hit them early and often to keep them interested

      • RoFaWh

        An attention span shorter than the crazy old man’s???

        Impossble! You’d have to resort to reverse time to manage that.

    • coram nobis

      No. To use a Donald word, this is unpresidented in US history.

    • Cuberly

      His (cough) talent is in campaigning, not prezidenting.

    • stevenj

      trump is a human cash register.

    • RoFaWh

      I hope the election commission keeps a very close eye on the crazy old man’s premature re-election campaign.

      My guess is that he has no intention of running again, and perceives campaign donations as merely another cash flow he can steal from.

    • The_Wretched

      Or vice presidents for that matter? Pence’s 2020 campaign has started and is taking donations.

    • Jefe5084

      He and his pal Pence have huge egos and no integrity. They Want to share both of those personal “values” with us constantly. Beats doing anything worthwhile–they are incapable of that.

  • Finally, some in the media are beginning to notice there’s a good reason why the howling ass-weasel won’t denounce racism or white supremacists: Because he is one and has been his entire life.

    https://twitter.com/mehdirhasan/status/897508363025756162

    • Gianni

      And has happily ensconced some of them in the White House as part of his administration’s advisory positions. Why would one take advice and direction from such people if you don’t believe the dogma or agree with their supported actions? A sane person wouldn’t. Seems there’s the rub!

    • SFBruce

      Great article. Ironically, the fact that Trump has said and done so many despicable things can deaden one’s horror to it all. Just as a practical matter, while I remember many of the things he’s done both as a candidate and from the White House, I’ve forgotten much. And I don’t think it’s my memory that’s at fault; there’s only so much room in my brain, and already there’s way too much taken up by this small, small man.

  • Octavio

    This is nice. Obama’s tweet is 3rd most popular ever. The kid’s still got it!

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-message-goes-viral-charlottesville-violence-202918081.html

  • another_steve

    Silver Fox daddy Anderson Cooper ain’t my enemy.

    Grrr… daddy.

    • CharlestonDave

      Jared is undoubtedly hurt at your divided attention.

  • Tomcat

    Unemployment was on its way to its lowest under Obama and had the republicans helped at all it would have been the lowest. Trump deserves very little credit for anything that has happened to improve the economy as of yet. He is a poison on our economy and that will soon show.

    • Gianni

      He would truly be “The Miracle President” if he stepped into office and turned a receding/crashing economy (quote: “Very Bad”) around and flying high in just 7 months of doing literally nothing positive for it. Trump has no problem at all touting his greatness because the positive economic numbers are rising. Yet the same/equal rising numbers during Obama’s tenure were “poor/bad” according to the Great One. Donnie is really just a walking load of complete bullshit.

  • -M-

    “I hate you! Be nice to me.”

    • Karl Dubhe

      Which explains the number of wives he’s had…

      • coram nobis

        Does that make him President for Wife?

        • Karl Dubhe

          I hope it means your nation will file for a divorce. 😀

          • coram nobis

            Follow the alimony.

          • RoFaWh

            Someone should give the crazy old man a swimming suit and take him for a dip. A dip at least one hundred miles offshore.

            Major problem: I doubt Speedo makes swimming suits in size XXXXXL.

          • Karl Dubhe

            His swimsuit is a suit…

  • Tomcat

    Campaigning for a election that he will never see is asinine to say the least.

    • -M-

      But profitable no doubt.

      • Tomcat

        Then hopefully he knows he will be investigated for how the proceeds are spent. They can ONLY be spent on campaign events and costs.

        • KaBoomBOX

          This is the guy who uses his “charity” to buy portraits of himself that he then hangs in his restaurant. He’ll find a way to skim.

      • clay

        skim-able, at least.

  • safari

    O/T: Is Donald threatening healthcare subsidies again today?

    • Lizard

      Is it Tuesday?

      • bzrd

        taco Tuesday
        is it dinner time?

    • Lazycrockett
      • RoFaWh

        Where’s the orange hair dye?

        • Hank

          What difference does it make? He is still an Orange Turd!

        • BlindBill

          new wig to look less bozo like

      • AND HE DOESN’T CARE.

    • I don’t think he ever stopped. There’s nothing he won’t destroy, no amount of human suffering he’ll ignore or even encourage if it serves his goals.

      • RoFaWh

        The really sad part is that it’s questionable if the crazy old man has goals at all. Having goals requires some thinking ahead about the future and where you want to be when it arrives. and, if there’s anything the crazy old man doesn’t have, it’s an ability to think more than a few seconds ahead.

        He’s a genuine horror. I’m sure I’m not the only Canadian wondering if the USA will survive him.

        • I’m starting to fear the only way is is going to be removed from office is if we storm the White House and drag him out.

          • Jefe5084

            I doubt the Rethuglicans will impeach him, ever. I am trying to brace myself for that, but don’t think I will get to that point. Completely unacceptable.

        • Reality.Bites

          The US? There’s the rest of the world too.

          In many ways Americans got the President they’ve been asking for, for years.

  • Tomcat

    The news media should hold anti trump campaigns in trump hotels.
    See how he would like that.

  • Lazycrockett
    • JCF

      Had to scroll down to see who re-tweeted that!

  • coram nobis

    Compelled speech isn’t free speech, and refusing to speak or publish on demand isn’t censorship.

    If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.
    — Robert Jackson, J., West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624, 642 (1943)

  • JWC

    Trump see them as enemies and purveyors of fake news because they expose him as the fraud that he is and Donny does not like that. They are not toeing the loyalty mantra insisted on by Trump

  • Tomcat

    Trump BULLY EXCEPTIONAL. He needs to remember the pen IS mightier than the sword,,, or the trumptrain. He will be derailed, crash and burn.

  • Tomcat

    The media should refuse to report any hate propaganda presented by the trump casmpaignS.

    • Tomcat

      In the name of stopping hate.

  • Xuuths

    Turns out that CNN doesn’t have to air ads with lies, fraud, defamation, slander, libel, pornography, inflammatory language or disparaging protected classes. All without censorship. Too bad tRUMP doesn’t like it. Such thin skin on his tiny hands.

    • Natty Enquirer

      CNN (and any cable network) can censor anything they please, except political candidate advertisements, if they accept any.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Wait…Trump 2020????
    That is NOT a campaign add. That is propaganda. Campaign finance laws need to change.
    God, I wish they only had three months to campaign in. Life for all of us would be so much better.

    • England has a 5 month window (I seem to remember hearing that somewhere..).

      • Reality.Bites

        Remember though, in the UK and countries with similar systems of government, it’s known for months or years who the party leaders are. And choosing them (or local candidates) is entirely divorced from the electoral process.

        And advertising can always happen. All three parties spent years before the last election advertising. Two parties spent so much time attacking Justin Trudeau and lowering expectations that all he had to do was speak in complete sentences to have people think they were lying about him.

  • M Jackson

    If CNN did indeed air fake news then seems they would be eager to get their hands on trump’s propaganda video.

  • Dana Chilton

    Candidate trump said the unemployment rate was, in reality, 40 percent or more. His re-election campaign says it’s now the lowest rate since 2001, trump being somehow responsible for a 35% reduction in unemployment in 6 months and without any major policies or laws being changed. The official numbers are now, inexplicably, accurate. And his supporters think this is all “real news”. A true testament to the art of self delusion and the power of propaganda.

    • Gianni

      It is galling and appalling at the same time. Just like NATO was useless but now they’re important. Donnie has no problem at all explaining it that way – What he said before doesn’t matter. It’s what he says now that matters. That covers all the bases and excuses a lot of crap. He doesn’t need to ask any person or God for forgiveness simply because, in his mind, it’s all good, no guilt involved. He lies time and again, never admits to it, and just changes his mind and says something more to the public’s liking to fix it. Problem is that his adoring fans suck it up like it’s life itself.

    • Well, now we know why he hyper inflated the unemployment rate, to use the actual rate after election showing what a master statesman he is.

  • OdieDenCO

    CNN time to make you own ad stating “CNN is not the enemy of the US President. CNN is the enemy of fake news and all those who spread lies.” let donny stew over that one.

    • Gianni

      That would be good!

  • kelven

    I’m really enjoying my recent discovery of Drumpf tweets reworked to Smeagol. Some of the videos have that creepy uncanny valley aspect to them, but it is such a perfect pairing.

    https://twitter.com/realGollumTrump/status/897215335178391552

  • “You won’t run my lies as truth!” is the new “You’re intolerant of my intolerance!” 😒

  • JCF

    “Unemployment Lowest Since 2001”

    Thanks Obama!

  • Will Parkinson

    What an ignorant bastard.

  • Trump 2020 is going to make Trump 2016 look like Mr Rogers. (Apologies to the late Fred Rogers but I couldn’t think of anyone nicer.)

  • paganguy

    Maybe they just think they gave him enough free press the last time around.