Trump campaign takes over YouTube for Debate Day with help from UFC supporters

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EXCLUSIVE: President Trump’s campaign on Thursday will take over the YouTube masthead for 24 hours, controlling major internet real estate on the day of the final debate between Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Fox News has learned.

The Trump campaign will feature multiple ads on the YouTube homepage throughout the ad-buying period, including two from Ultimate Fighting Championship supporters.

A new ad comes from UFC President Dana White encouraging Trump fans to vote in person on November 3.

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“The next election is a fight for the future of our country,” White said in the ad. “President Trump has built the largest economy in American history and since COVID struck he has saved our economy from total collapse and is rebuilding it again.”

Another YouTube feature is an ad from UFC star Jorge Masvidal that says Democrats shouldn’t feel “entitled” to the Latin American vote and hits out at Biden for dancing to the hit song “Despacito” on her cell phone at a campaign event.

“You know what else won’t work [Democrats] – play ‘Despacito’ on your mobile phone to flatter us. Surely not! You have to give us the credit for having our heads on our shoulders, “Masvidal said in the announcement.

White and Masvidal have both spoken at pro-Trump events on several occasions. Masvidal, whose father fled Cuba to escape the communist regime of Fidel Castro, joined Trump’s “Fighters Against Socialism” bus tour that began in Florida earlier this month.

This isn’t the first time the Trump campaign has bought the YouTube masthead. And Biden also bought the digital billboard, with pro-Biden ads running topped the YouTube homepage on Wednesday.

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The Trump campaign says it secured the masthead the most important 20 days of the election cycle for maximum impact, including during the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention. They also bought the letterhead for election day.

The campaign said it had its first dibs on all dates in 2020 on Biden due to its partnership with Google in 2019.

Recently, the campaign secured the masthead during Trump’s coronavirus treatment on October 4 and featured video of Trump leaving the White House for Walter Reed Military Medical Center to be treated for COVID-19.

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A senior Trump campaign official told Fox News at the time that the header was a seven-figure buy and described it as “the most valuable real estate on the internet.”

Thursday will mark the second and final debate between Trump and Biden and will begin at 9 p.m. ET from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

Brooke Singman of Fox News contributed to this report.

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