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  by  Roy Beck

Yes, that was NumbersUSA's video you've seen all over the internet and TV over the last week. 

NumbersUSA's researchers dug up some choice video clips of then-Pres. Bill Clinton in 1996 talking about immigration and matched them with recent clips of Donald Trump saying very similar things.

The concept went VIRAL through Facebook and other internet channels. Here's our one-minute video:

As of today, the number of total video views on YouTube and Facebook exceeds 6.9 MILLION. (And the number who have viewed our Facebook post about the video has crossed 14.1 MILLION.)

Dozens of other top news websites, including The Drudge Report, Breitbart, The Blaze and Rush Limbaugh's member newsletter, led with the video/story. But then the mainstream, seriously non-partisan Real Clear Politics also featured the video along with a transcript.

Cable news such as Fox News Channel's 'Hannity' and 'Fox and Friends' referred to the video and content.

If we weren't here with our outsized voice, the debate would be totally dominated by the views of George Soros, Rupert Murdoch, Mark Zuckerberg and other billionaire immigration expansionists.


Several news outlets were inspired by the video to have some extra fun. They read the Clinton and Trump quotes and asked people to guess which politician said what. The question was a stumper. Most of the media references to the comparisons and the video mentioned NumbersUSA; some didn't. The important thing, though, was pushing the concept into the broad public.

All of this stirred a lot of online comments. Some thought we were trying to raise Bill Clinton's favorability by comparing him to Trump; others thought we were raising Trump's favorability by comparing him to Bill.

I believe the most important point we are making is that the mainstream media are wrong to portray Trump's concerns about immigration as radical when Bill Clinton's similar comments remind us of just how mainstream and bi-partisan those concerns used to be.

At the same time, I believe seeing Bill Clinton's comments in 1996 should be a reminder for Democrats of today to honor their pro-worker traditions, including keeping labor markets from being flooded and driving down workers' wages.

We bring FACTS to immigration news coverage.

ROY BECK is the President & Founder of NumbersUSA

Elections 2016

Updated: Fri, Jun 10th 2016 @ 6:40am EDT

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