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Mexican airline trolls Americans with brilliant ad

Mexican airline trolls Americans with brilliant adWhile the debate over immigration and a border wall between the United States and Mexico has helped grind the U.S. federal government to a halt, Mexico's national airline, AeroMexico, is trolling Americans with a new ad called "DNA Discounts."

The ad features purported residents of Wharton, Texas, a town about 60 miles southwest of Houston, professing a variety of opinions about Mexico and its citizens. The ad also drops some knowledge about the long history of immigration from Mexico to the U.S., and notes that many in southern and southwestern states have a touch of Mexican DNA.

Things get flipped when the airline reveals it's offering flight discounts to Americans, including those Wharton residents, based on the amount of Mexican DNA they have (i.e., 18 percent DNA equals an 18 percent discount). That certainly turns opinions around. As one recipient says, "I love discounts!"

Of course, it's such a brilliant ad, it's hard to tell if those Wharton residents are real or just actors and if this whole DNA discount thing is real  or satirical. Aeromexico, which has gotten political before, isn't saying much, but we've reached out for comment and will update this post when we hear back. 

Either way, it's a brilliant gambit that undermines the vitriol so many Americans have expressed at our neighbors to the south, and does so without ever directly mentioning the political turmoil, the wall, or even President Trump. Instead, it directs that energy at a sense of shared community, including the tagline, "There are no borders within us." Not a bad way to spread a powerful message.



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Aeromexico ad campaign trolls anti-Mexican sentiment in US with DNA discounts

Aeromexico ad campaign trolls anti-Mexican sentiment in US with DNA discountsMexican airline Aeromexico is offering DNA discounts to U.S. travelers based on their percentage of Mexican heritage.



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Mueller Defends Prosecution of ‘Putin’s Chef’ and Russian Trolls

Mueller Defends Prosecution of ‘Putin’s Chef’ and Russian TrollsThe special counsel’s office wrote in a filing that prosecutors only need to show that the company, Concord Management and Consulting, and its alleged co-conspirators agreed to engage in conduct that violated their duties to register as foreign agents and report campaign expenditures. “The government is not required to prove that the conspirators actually violated” federal election and campaign finance laws, prosecutors wrote.



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The New York Times Should Have Ignored Sarah Jeong's Twitter Trolls

The New York Times Should Have Ignored Sarah Jeong's Twitter TrollsThe proper way to respond to a bad-faith troll campaign like the one the



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YouTube Stars Shamed by Internet Trolls Over Size of Engagement Ring

YouTube Stars Shamed by Internet Trolls Over Size of Engagement RingAmong messages of congratulations were comments that mocked the ring presented to Jen Phanomrat by her fiance, Leo Samanamud.



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'Star Wars' Director Rian Johnson Strikes Back At Trolls For Bullying Kelly Marie Tran

'Star Wars' Director Rian Johnson Strikes Back At Trolls For Bullying Kelly Marie TranRian Johnson, director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," slammed the "manbabies"



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Booyah: Obama Photographer Hilariously Trolls Trump's 'Spy' Claim

Booyah: Obama Photographer Hilariously Trolls Trump's 'Spy' Claim> A post shared by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on May 24, 2018 at 5:39am PDT



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The Onion Hilariously Trolls Michael Cohen With His Own Cease-And-Desist Note

The Onion Hilariously Trolls Michael Cohen With His Own Cease-And-Desist NoteSatirical stalwart The Onion published one of its funniest bits in years, but



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Trolls Are Posting Fake Stories About Being Attacked At 'Black Panther' Showings

Trolls Are Posting Fake Stories About Being Attacked At 'Black Panther' ShowingsAudiences for this week’s “Black Panther” premiere went all-out in celebration, and the film’s opening weekend is expected to break records at the box office.



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The 9 craziest things from latest Mueller indictment against Russian trolls

The 9 craziest things from latest Mueller indictment against Russian trollsAnother bombshell dropped on Friday afternoon when the special counsel investigating led by Robert Mueller announced indictments against Russian troll group Internet Research Agency and a dozen other individuals for "operations to interfere with the U.S. political system, including the 2016 U.S. presidential election." SEE ALSO: An ad industry group nominated Russia's election hack for all the awards The indictment offers more concrete proof of Russian interference in that election, something that President Trump and members of his administration have been greatly skeptical about despite the mounting evidence.  Trump tweeted Friday after the indictments were announced, once again claiming there was no collusion with the Russians.  Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 16, 2018 While the the indictment's main charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and identity theft, what's particularly shocking are the lengths the conspirators went to, allegedly, to achieve their ends which, according to the indictment, included "supporting the campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump" and "disparaging Hillary Clinton." We already know they managed to use social media under false names to reach voters in the U.S., spread false information, organized rallies, and bought ads on these platforms. But that wasn't all. Here, then, are some of the craziest revelations that caught our attention. 1. They were really well organized These weren't 400-pound hackers in their basement as Trump infamously suggested during one of the presidential debates with Clinton. This was a hella-organized group of hundreds of people that had their own SEO and IT departments.  2. They stole identities of Americans to lend authenticity to their efforts. This is next level stuff to make everything seem American-made. 3. They were obsessed with portraying Hillary as an inmate They really felt the Trump chant, "Lock her up." 4. They gave that Clinton impersonator more work They really, really had it out for Hillary and they knew how to stoke that anger. 5. They manipulated other real Americans to do weird stuff The organization used a social media account to convince a real, flesh-and-blood American to stand in front of the White House holding a sign that wished a happy birthday to Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a Russian National who led Concord, a Russian consulting firm with government contacts that funded the interference.  And then… 6. They reached out to local officials working for the Trump campaign It's amazing what you can do with fake email addresses.  7. They set up opposing rallies These trolls weren't done after the election, as evidenced by how they set up opposing rallies in New York over a week after the votes were counted. 8. They were great at targeting swing states These guys weren't just lobbing metaphorical grenades on Twitter; they did their research and knew what states to help target to swing the election. 9. They backed Bernie They didn't totally hate Democrats, just Hillary Clinton. 
UPDATED (3:24 p.m. ET, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018): This post was updated to include the latest tweet from President Trump. WATCH: A self-driving truck drove from California to Florida with minimal human intervention



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