Critics compare Trump's midterm spot to racist Willie Horton ad from 1988

Posted November 02, 2018

The video, which Trump tweeted late Wednesday, alleges without evidence that Democrats were responsible for allowing Bracamontes into the U.S. It comes amid a frenzy of hardline immigration proposals pushed out by Trump in the final stages of the campaign, including sending troops to the border and revoking birthright citizenship.

The ad shows old courtroom footage of Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant who was accused of killing two Sacramento, California-area sheriff's deputies in 2014 (he was convicted and given the death penalty this past April), and it attempts to link him to the Central American migrant caravan that Trump has been characterizing as an "invasion".

And a day after unveiling the most racist national political ad in a generation, Trump vowed tough restrictions on asylum and turned his attention to consolidating GOP power in a trip to Missouri to support one of his proteges, Josh Hawley, who is well placed to unseat Democratic Sen.

President Donald Trump knows how upended his administration is going to be if a blue wave does indeed sweep through the country in next Tuesday's midterm elections.

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The 53-second video released Wednesday evening remains pinned to the top of the president's popular Twitter feed.

Bracamontes' expletive-filled rant about killing police officers also appeared in a little-noticed January 2018 Trump campaign ad. "Democrats let him stay".

Bracamontes is a ruthless murderer who made headlines for his lack of remorse and violent outbursts in court, but what the video wanted viewers to focus on is that he was in the United States illegally at the time of his daylong crime spree. "Democrats let him into our country", the text continues. Horton, who was black, raped a woman while out of prison on a weekend furlough.

As for the new video, though, the campaign was silent Thursday and Parscale did not respond to requests for comment.

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"This ad, and your full approval of it, will condemn you and your bigoted legacy forever in the annals of America's history books", Al Cardenas, the Florida Republican Party's former chairman, wrote on Twitter.

Horton was a convicted murderer who committed rape while furloughed under a programme in MA where Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis was governor.

"This is distracting, divisive Donald at his worst", Perez said on CNN's 'Cuomo Prime Time.' "This is fear mongering".

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