Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump political ad assailed as 'sickening,' racially divisive

Trump political ad assailed as 'sickening,' racially divisive

A video showing the menacing smile of an immigrant who murdered two U.S. police officers has abruptly taken a central role in President Donald Trump's closing midterm election argument about immigration - a move critics immediately denounced as a racist campaign tactic.

The controversial video, pinned to the top of his social media feed, blames the Democrats for "letting in" Luis Bracamontes - an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who killed two police officers in Sacramento in 2014.

The spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial professing regret at not killing more officials.

"Who else would Democrats let in?" asks the ad, which Trump tweeted late on Wednesday.

It is not the first time that Trump has used Bracamontes in a political ad.

The advertisement recalls the notorious "Willie Horton" campaign ad financed by supporters of the George H.W. Bush campaign in the 1988 presidential election.

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Horton was serving a life sentence for murder in MA when he escaped custody after being temporarily released in a weekend furlough program.

"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. Bracamontes also starred in a Trump ad released in January, titled "Complicit", in an effort to drum up support for the border wall. He then reportedly returned to the USA in 2001, was deported, then returned again in 2002, all during Republican George W. Bush's administration.

Horton, who was black, raped a woman while out of prison on a weekend furlough.

"This is distracting, divisive Donald at his worst", Perez said on CNN's 'Cuomo Prime Time.' "This is fear mongering". The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In an interview with CNN, Perez described the ad as "fearmongering". That video was timed to the one-year anniversary of Trump's inauguration and meant to promote his immigration agenda.

Bracamontes' case - he was sentenced to death in March - also received steady coverage on Breitbart and other right-wing news sites.

Trump has long promoted the alleged danger presented by those living in the country illegally, although statistics show they do not commit crimes at a higher rate than citizens.

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