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Trump draws intense criticism for releasing ad naming Dems, media his enemies — but not racism


President Donald Trump and his presidential campaign came under intense scrutiny on Sunday after a new campaign ad showed Democrats and members of the mainstream media as his "enemies."

The ad, aptly titled, "Let the President Do His Job," touts Trump's accomplishments in office while castigating his "enemies" for "obstructing" his agenda and "attacking" him on a day-to-day basis.

"Democrats obstructing, the media attacking our president, career politicians standing in the way of success," a narrator says in the ad before listing Trump's presidential accomplishments. "The president's enemies don't want him to succeed, but Americans are saying 'Let President Trump do his job.'"

When the ad mentions Trump's "enemies" it shows a collage of mainstream media personalities such as CNN's Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Dana Bash and Brian Stelter; MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Rachel Maddow, Christopher Hayes; ABC's George Stephanopoulos; NBC's Chuck Todd; and even April Ryan, the White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Network.

The ad predictably led to widespread criticism and backlash, particularly because it came amid a weekend where racially charged violence ravaged Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump had earlier come under scrutiny because he failed to immediately denounce white supremacism during a news conference on Saturday when addressing the violence.

Ryan took to Twitter to put into words the sentiment surrounding the ad: "Sad day I am singled out as an enemy of the White House as this racial hate is going on just for asking real questions and speaking truth."

"This outrageous! I am no enemy just a journalist asking questions of presidents for 20 years," she added in a separate tweet.

Others were just as quick to denounce Trump for the timeliness of the ad:

On Monday, Trump denounced racism during a news conference.

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