The Trump campaign's first ad contains familiar promises to "cut the head off" ISIS, temporarily ban Muslims from entering the US, and build a massive wall on the Mexico.
On Monday morning, Donald Trump's campaign released its first official TV ad, and it hits all the xenophobic bullet-points Trump's become known for: ban Muslims from entering the US "until we can figure out what's going on," build that border wall, and "cut the head off of ISIS and take their oil." The ad crams all those promises into 30 seconds while displaying bleak, black-and-white B-roll of explosions and immigrants flooding the border.
All of that stuff is to be expected from the unlikely Republican frontrunner, but what does he mean by "take their oil"? Probably exactly what it sounds like—the US should go into the parts of Syria controlled by ISIS and suck the oil from the ground. Trump's never been shy about his opinion that the US should have taken oil out of Iraq, and during a speech in Michigan last December, the pseudo-fascist said, "to the victor belongs the spoils. You take the oil—you don't just leave it." Who exactly would be extracting the oil from the ground and transporting it was left unclear.
The campaign ad will begin airing on Tuesday in the early primary states of New Hampshire and Iowa, NBC reports, with millions of dollars a week going into making sure voters know exactly what Trump would do to stamp out "radical Islamic terrorism."
"I am very proud of this ad," the candidate said in a statement. "I don't know if I need it, but I don't want to take any chances because if I win we are going to Make America Great Again."