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Mike Bloomberg Ad Uses Obama-Era Footage Of Caged Migrants To Criticize Trump



Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, released an anti-Trump campaign advertisement that included footage of caged migrants in 2014 — during the Obama era.

The Bloomberg campaign released an ad that was meant to highlight unflattering events that have occurred during the Trump administration, such as the white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, the aftermath of a Florida school shooting, the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and immigration enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“America demanded change and change is what we got,” a narrator said in the ad, which then led to a montage of footage, supposedly all taken during the Trump presidency.


The campaign took direct aim at the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement measures, clipping images of Border Patrol agents doing their job and featuring footage of detained migrants. However, a review by the Daily Caller News Foundation found that one still image used in the ad was taken in 2014 — during the Obama administration.

The DCNF compared this image to a photo taken by Ross D. Franklin for The Associated Press in June 2014. The picture, which the DCNF obtained from Getty Images, was taken inside a Customs and Border Protection facility in Nogales, Arizona. Franklin’s picture is featured below:

A simple comparison of the two images can prove that they are, in fact, the same.

For example, the crossed legs of the individual laying down in the Bloomberg photo is the same as the crossed-legged individual seen in the middle of Franklin’s photo. The placing of the three mats near the head of the individual are stacked in the exact same position, as well.

In the background of both images, one individual with a black shirt is seen sitting next to others with white shirts. Additionally, a row of five individuals with white shirts are seen sitting together, their backs turned to the camera, at a table in both images.

The DCNF reached out to Julie Wood — a spokeswoman for the Bloomberg campaign — about the image, but did not receive a response.

This is not the first time Obama-era footage of caged migrants has been mistakenly attributed to the Trump administration. In an announcement about “inhumane treatment at the border” in July 2019, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee tweeted out the same Getty image. They deleted their tweet following online ridicule.



  1. Marilyn

    February 4, 2020 at 2:29 am

    Stoop low, Shorty.

  2. MD Patriot

    February 4, 2020 at 3:08 am

    He, like the rest of the Democrat politicians, are lower than snake sh*t in a wagon track! These are NOT photos of anything to do with President Trump. They ARE photos of the ILLEGAL ALIENS that crossed the Tex/Mex border when Osama bin Obama was President! That is when the Democrat party was adamantly AGAINST ILLEGAL ALIENS sneaking into our country!

  3. Arlene

    February 4, 2020 at 3:40 am

    Expect more like this from him.

  4. scot_belle

    February 4, 2020 at 4:07 am

    2014, Bloomberg, THAT was 2014….and OBAMA was President!!
    Those holding areas now, are……ARE VIRTUALLY EMPTY…….
    with President Trump at the helm.
    Tell the TRUTH, not propaganda.

  5. Ulla

    February 4, 2020 at 5:06 am

    blomberg is no better than all the other left, which means NOT worth my vote…….
    When he can’t even be bothered with being factual. then he is simply NOT an American worth listening to………
    YES President Trump brought change, but it was the kind of change that “we the people” wanted, since as a people we are tired of “being milked” by ILLEGAL aliens, who does NOT even belong here…

    • Ronald

      February 4, 2020 at 5:37 am

      Democrats think that anything that appears to make Trump look bad is factual.

  6. Stephen Russell

    February 4, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Odd has all this money & reuses stock footage of years Ago Nothing new
    Dems recycle garbage GIGO.
    Thats all Bloomie has GIGO.
    & cant pay a production firm to do better ads??
    See Dems are GIGO


    February 4, 2020 at 2:11 pm


  8. CharlieSeattle

    February 12, 2020 at 2:23 am

    Blaaahhberg is senile.

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