Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump's New Ad Blames Democrats, Migrant Caravan for Violent Crime

Trump's New Ad Blames Democrats, Migrant Caravan for Violent Crime

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. Democrats let him into our country. "Democrats let him stay", the ad states in bold letters. The Trump campaign did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on the video.

A new Trump campaign ad released online has been called "sickening" and "a new low in campaigning" by Republican Senator Jeff Flake, and is prompting headlines this morning including "Outrage erupts over Trump campaign ad blaming Democrats for immigrant who "killed our people" (USA Today), "Trump shocks with racist new ad days before midterms" (CNN) and "DNC chair blasts Trump ad as "fear mongering" ("Fox & Friends" via Fox News).

Critics blasted the president for releasing the spot and compared it to the blatantly racist "Willie Horton ad" that George H.W. Bush's campaign used in 1988 against Democratic candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

The president says it's just an ad about a "bad guy" who twice entered the country illegally and committed crimes.

Trump shared this frightening visual aid with his 55.5 million Twitter followers, along with the caption "Vote Republican now!" and in under 24 hours it had already been viewed nearly two million times.

Horton, who was African-American, raped a woman after he was released on a weekend furlough from a MA prison where he was serving a life sentence in 1987. He then reportedly returned to the U.S. in 2001, was deported, then returned again in 2002, all during Republican George W. Bush's administration. Mr Dukakis went on to lose to Republican George HW Bush.

The video was produced for the Trump campaign.

. Reporter for the Daily Wire, Ryan Saavedra tweeted that Democrats would "look like fools" if they appeared to be defending criminals like Bracamontes by attacking Trump over the ad.

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called the new ad the "dog whistle of all dog whistles".

The dark video stood in stark contrast to an ad circulated by the Trump campaign earlier in the week that highlighted rosy economic numbers and depicted gauzy scenes of American suburban life. CBS News is not posting the video here because of the language used.

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