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

Hannah Rogers
November 2, 2018

The man in question is Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported Mexican immigrant who was given the death penalty earlier this year for slaying two California law enforcement officers back in 2014, according to the Sacramento Bee. But in '88, Bush himself tried to distance himself from the ad made by a pro-Bush PAC and on which, coincidentally, former Fox News chief Roger Ailes was an adviser.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez characterised the ad as "distracting, divisive Donald at his worst". 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. For instance, Mitt Romney - who hired the team behind the Horton ads in his 2012 campaign against Barack Obama - was accused of playing into similar racial fears in advertisements attacking the president's health care and welfare policies.

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

With only a few days left until the midterm election, Donald Trump has stepped up his anti-immigration, fear-mongering, polarizing tactics with a blatantly racist new ad that even has some conservatives finally saying he's gone too far. In an interview with CNN, Perez described the ad as "fearmongering". He then reportedly returned to the USA in 2001, was deported, then returned again in 2002, all during Republican George W. Bush's administration.

The tweet stirred up controversy, and some replies to the tweet criticized Trump for focusing on Bracamontes and not USA citizens who committed mass shootings.

Some Democrats, including Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labour in the Clinton administration, compared the spot to the 1988 "Willie Horton" ad, which supporters of Republican then-candidate George H.W. Bush used to great effect against Democratic rival Michael Dukakis.

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Chief Justice Saqib Nisar read out the ruling saying she was free to go, if not wanted in connection with any other case. The case has disgusted millions around the world and caused huge division in the majority Muslim country.

As for the new video, though, the campaign was silent Thursday and Parscale did not respond to requests for comment.

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

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

The Weekly Standard's Charlie Sykes said the Bracamontes ad "makes Willie Horton look rather tame by comparison".

But the Trump campaign was behind the January 2018 video, released on its YouTube page, that featured Bracamontes's courtroom appearance.

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