President Trump resorts to fear-mongering to swing votes ahead of midterms

President Trump resorts to fear-mongering to swing votes ahead of midterms

President Trump resorts to fear-mongering to swing votes ahead of midterms

President Trump posted a tweet Wednesday afternoon blaming Democrats for "letting in" Luis Bracamontes, the man who killed two law enforcement officers in a 2014 shooting in the capital region.

The new Trump ad is, inevitably, being compared to the notorious 1988 "Willie Horton" ad released by a PAC that supported the presidential campaign of then-candidate George H.W. Bush.

Trump captioned the post, "Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people!"

The ad then shows footage of throngs of people knocking down fences, and cuts to Fox News footage of the migrant caravan from Central America that Trump has raged over in recent weeks as he seeks to energize his base before the midterms. The Trump campaign did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on the video.

"There is no stronger metaphor for racial hatred in our country than the black man raping the white woman", Susan Estrich, Dukakis' campaign manager, said at the time. 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. His snarling, expletive-filled rant about killing police officers appeared in a little-noticed January 2018 Trump campaign ad.

"This is a sickening ad. Republicans everywhere should denounce it", said Republican senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent critic of Mr Trump.

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The tweet stirred up controversy, and some replies to the tweet criticized Trump for focusing on Bracamontes and not US citizens who committed mass shootings. "Who else would the Democrats let in?" the video asks. And the video claimed "Democrats let him into our country" and "Democrats let him say".

The 53-second video includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial as he professed regret at not killing more officers.

But of course "Complicit", the earlier Bracamontes-focused ad, was also released by that same leader of the Republican Party, who had just celebrated the one-year anniversary of his presidency.

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called the new ad the "dog whistle of all dog whistles". CBS News is not posting the video here because of the language used.

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. In an interview with CNN, Perez described the ad as "fear-mongering".

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