Argentine TV ad mocks Trump to promote soccer tournament

Wed May 4, 2016 12:30pm EDT
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By Hugh Bronstein

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - An Argentine TV station is lampooning U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump's comments about illegal immigration from Latin America to promote next month's regional Copa America soccer tournament in the United States.

"Our country is in serious trouble!" Trump says to ominous music in the commercial made by TyC Sports channel, which will broadcast the June 3-26 centenary tournament in the soccer-obsessed South American country.

"We are having people coming in through the border that are not people that we want," the candidate adds, against images of Lionel Messi and other top Argentine players descending from a plane and fans massed in national blue-and-white colors.

The comments used in the advertisement are taken from Trump's speeches. His campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the 71-second spot.

The billionaire real estate mogul has caused indignation south of the U.S. border with his views on immigration and promise to build a "great wall" along the Mexican border.

"They're coming from South America," Trump says in another clip from his speeches used by TyC, against a backdrop of Argentine stars from Sergio Aguero to Gonzalo Higuain pounding in goals against stumbling defenders.

"These are total killers," Trump says as the spot shows a close-up of Messi looking mean on the field. "These are not the nice, sweet little people that you think. We have no protection."

Argentina, which has not won the Copa America since 1993, is among the teams favored to win the tournament, as are Brazil and Chile.   Continued...

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks as he stands surrounded by (L-R) his daughter Ivanka, his son Eric, Eric Trump's wife Lara Yunaska and his wife Melania (R), during a campaign victory party after rival candidate Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 3, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson