Gage Skimore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Gage Skimore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Donald Trump commercial contains dark images of the Muslim San Bernardino shooters, explosions and body bags.

Donald Trump, the divisive Republican presidential candidate, released his first television commercial on Monday. The commercial seeks to further his chances in the 2016 presidential race for White House and highlights Trump's stance on Muslims, terrorism and immigration. The 30-second commercial, however, has already attracted a host of critics who have questioned the footage he has selected to showcase his arguments.

Trump's main plan to woo Republican voters prior to the 2016 primary contest is his plan to stop Muslims from stepping foot into U.S. territory, effectively banning them from the country. However, Trump says will be done on a temporary basis and there can be exceptions. Another plan is to construct a wall along the U.S./Mexico border.

The Republican candidate has said that his advertising budget for the commercial is approximately $2 million. The advertisement contains dark images of the Muslim San Bernardino shooters, explosions and body bags.

The commercial has already started to air in New Hampshire and Iowa. Both are important early voting states in run up to the nomination convention of the GOP scheduled to take place in July. The commercial is slickly made, with the narrator in the background promising a tough stance against terrorism and particularly the Islamic State. The voice says that Trump will destroy ISIS and will take away their oil.

Trump's campaign has turned out to be effective. He currently leads in public opinion polls across the nation among the 12 Republican supplicants for the party's presidential nomination. His gain is not constant in all states. A few states show him lagging behind. A Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that Trump has cornered 38 percent support from Republican respondents. Ted Cruz, a U.S. Senator, is in second place with almost 15 percent. In third position is Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with 12 percent.

Accompanying the advertisement was a statement by Trump where he says that he does not know whether he needs it or not, but is loath to take chances and incase he wins, he is going to make sure that America becomes the great country it once was. Trump is also scheduled to launch a radio ad.

Trump's critics have pointed out the many holes in the advertisement. A particular length shows people freely streaming across a border while the narrator says that Trump will construct a U.S./Mexico border wall. The problem is that the video is actually of refugees streaming into a Spanish enclave located in Morocco.

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