The ‘sickening’ Trump ad that links cop killer to caravan migrants

Glen Norman
November 2, 2018

White House reporter April Ryan in a tweet Thursday morning again raised questions about Trump's racism, asking the president "are you racist?" in response to the ad.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump managed to condense his anti-immigrant fear-mongering ahead of the November 6 midterms into a single, 51-second advertisement, which even some on the right are immediately decrying as "racist".

The video, posted to Trump's account, said "Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people!".

The spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial professing regret at not killing more officials. "Democrats let him into our country", the text continues.


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

Not surprisingly, the backlash was swift and focused, with the general consensus being that president Trump had ripped a page out of George H.W. Bush's book by channeling the infamous Willie Horton ad; a video that's always haunted Bush Sr.as a moral low point in his political career.

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

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez characterised the ad as "distracting, divisive Donald at his worst".


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.

Meanwhile, CNN reports that Republican Sen. He then reportedly returned to the United States in 2001, was deported, then returned again in 2002, all during Republican George W. Bush's administration.

The Daily Beast reported that Bracamontes was deported to Mexico in 1997 under the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton. The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

That video was timed to the one-year anniversary of Mr Trump's inauguration and meant to promote his immigration agenda.


The previous year, Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver, the widows of Detective Michael Davis and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, were invited to Trump's address to Congress. Bracamontes' case - he was sentenced to death in March - also received steady coverage on Breitbart and other right-wing news sites.

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