"The politicians can pretend it's something else, but Donald Trump calls it radical Islamic terrorism," a voiceover says in the GOP front-runner's first TV ad of his 2016 campaign

By Tierney McAfee
Updated January 04, 2016 11:20 AM
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If you were expecting Donald Trump to mellow out as the 2016 presidential race heats up, think again.

The GOP frontrunner doubled down on some of his most controversial plans for the White House in the first television ad of his campaign, vowing to ban Muslim immigration into the U.S., build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and “quickly cut the head off ISIS.”

“The politicians can pretend it’s something else, but Donald Trump calls it radical Islamic terrorism,” a voice reads over images of President Obama, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, and the San Bernandino, California, shooters.

“That’s why he’s calling for a temporary shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until we can figure out what’s going on,” the voiceover continues. “He’ll quickly cut the head off ISIS and take their oil. And he’ll stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our southern border that Mexico will pay for.”

Trump’s campaign says the ad will begin airing Tuesday in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. The real estate mogul will be ramping up his ad spending to at least $2 million dollars a week, with $1.1 million going to TV in Iowa and nearly $1 million to TV in New Hampshire, his campaign says in a statement Monday.

“I am leading in every poll by wide, double digit margins. We have tremendous crowds, incredible support from all over the country and I am $35 million dollars under budget,” Trump says in the statement. “We have spent the least amount of money and have the best results and this is the kind of thinking the country needs.”

“I am very proud of this ad, 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.”