President Trump’s $5.6 million 30-second Super Bowl commercial sparked fury on Sunday after he boasted about freeing black prisoner Alice Johnson. In the clip, priced at more than $186,000 a second, the president pitched himself as a champion of criminal justice reform and claimed credit for the release of Ms Johnson, who is shown crying and holding flowers, after she was released following a life sentence for nonviolent drugs offences. A second advert, aired after the Super Bowl, struck a more ‘Trumpian’ tone as it set out his nationalistic credentials with images of the US army, navy and air force alongside crowds cheering and waving US flags. His adverts were branded as ‘trash’ online by some viewers, while a former democratic speech writer also accused him of ‘screaming at black athletes’. Others were impressed, however, telling Trump ‘well done sir’ and ‘simply brilliant’. Presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg paid $11million for a 60-second ad space during the Super Bowl, in which he put himself forward as a president that would fight against the powerful gun lobby. The Super Bowl advert pitched Trump as a criminal justice reformer. It showed prisoner Alice Johnson crying and holding flowers after she was released from… Read full this story
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