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Trump political ad assailed as 'sickening,' racially divisive

Trump political ad assailed as 'sickening,' racially divisive

On Thursday, the Daily Beast reported that Luis Bracamontes, who was sentenced to death last April for murdering two California deputies in 2014, entered the country illegally in 2001 after having been thrown out once already on drug offenses.

In the video he sports a shaved head and long chin hair and speaks in accented English.

The video is pinned to the top of his Twitter page.

Writing in the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin scalded GOP leaders for standing by while President Donald Trump ramps up anti-immigrant hysteria and racism, before calling out the Fox News network for acting as his megaphone. 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.

The ad cuts between clips of Bracamontes and scenes of migrants, likely a reference to a caravan of up to 3,000 Central Americans headed through southern Mexico en route to the US border. Democrats let him into our country.

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Some Democrats, including Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labor 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. The ad ends with the tag: "President Donald J. Trump and Republicans are making America Safe Again!", a play on Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. Bracamontes also starred in a Trump ad released in January, titled "Complicit", in an effort to drum up support for the border wall.

"I hope this doesn't work".

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

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