Trump Tweets Willie Horton-Like Anti-Immigration Ad

Trump Tweets Willie Horton-Like Anti-Immigration Ad

President Donald Trump has pushed the boundaries of campaign finance rules with a controversial new video that accuses Democrats of blindly opening US borders to undocumented immigrants, even those who kill police officers.

"President Trump's blatantly racist ad - showing an illegal immigrant boasting about killing police officers - is a fitting final pitch for a party and a campaign that are now almost entirely focused on whipping up xenophobia".

The ad cuts between clips of Bracamontes and scenes of migrants from a caravan of up to 3,000 Central Americans headed through southern Mexico en route to the United States border. "Democrats let him into our country", the ad flashes.

Writing in the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin scalded GOP leaders for standing by while President Donald Trump ramps up anti-immigrant hysteria and racism, before calling out the Fox News network for acting as his megaphone. Jeff Flake said the ad "is just a new low in campaigning".

As for the new video, though, the campaign was silent Thursday and Parscale did not respond to requests for comment. In an interview with CNN, Perez described the ad as "fearmongering". And Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., seeking re-election in a Democratic-leaning South Florida district, said he'd not seen the video but criticized Trump's use of it.

"This is a sickening ad. Republicans everywhere should denounce it", said Republican Sen.

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Trump, whose administration takes a hard-line approach to legal and illegal immigration, has focused on the caravan to drum up support for Republican congressional and gubernatorial candidates ahead of Tuesday's congressional elections.

"The kind of voters Trump is talking to right now, there aren't enough of them in these areas to get us over the finish line", a GOP campaign official told Politico. Republicans have a stronger chance of keeping control of the Senate, according to opinion polls and non-partisan forecasters.

The ad was reminiscent of the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and condemned as racist.

The whole advert centered around William Horton, an African American man who in 1987, raped a white woman and stabbed her white fiancé, after he was released on a weekend furlough from the MA prison where he was serving his life sentence.

"The Willie Horton ad gave George Herbert Walker Bush his one big black eye in history", said Brinkley.

Bracamontes was in the country illegally at the time of the shooting.

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