Trump releases new 'sickening,' 'racist' campaign ad | Campaign Trail

Arturo Kim
November 2, 2018

President Donald Trump blamed Democrats Wednesday for allowing a deported cop killer back into the US, but as it turns out, the convict's return occurred under Republican leadership.

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

It features Luis Bracamotes, who was sentenced to death in April after being convicted of killing two California sheriff's deputies in 2014.

"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. A senior counterterrorism expert in the Trump administration told CNN that there's no evidence "ISIS or other Sunni terrorist groups are trying to infiltrate the southern US border".

An official with the Republican National Committee told ABC News that the video was produced for the Trump campaign but was not a paid ad.

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

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The President took to Twitter on Thursday morning, to urge his followers to "Vote Republican now!" and share a clip of Latino man Luis Bracamontes' courtroom appearance.

Trump's presidential re-election campaign paid for the ad, United States news media reported. CBS News is not posting the video here because of the language used. Conservative commentator Scott Jennings also admitted to Cuomo that he wasn't surprised by the depravity of the ad, stating, "I don't see anything in this video that I haven't heard from the President consistently for the past couple of years". His snarling, expletive-filled rant about killing police officers appeared in a little-noticed January 2018 Trump campaign ad.

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.

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

Bracamontes, an immigrant living in the country illegally, sports a shaved head and long chin hair and speaks in accented English in the video, and his words are clear: He's killed cops and he's "gonna kill more cops soon". The man also featured in a January video tied to the anniversary of Trump's January 20, 2017 inauguration. The ad was widely criticised for emphasising that Horton was black.

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