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Trump sparks outrage with ‘racist’ immigration ad ahead of midterm elections

Trump sparks outrage with ‘racist’ immigration ad ahead of midterm elections

The video, which Trump tweeted late Wednesday, alleges without evidence that Democrats were responsible for allowing Bracamontes into the U.S.

The ad shows old courtroom footage of Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant who was accused of killing two Sacramento, California-area sheriff's deputies in 2014 (he was convicted and given the death penalty this past April), and it attempts to link him to the Central American migrant caravan that Trump has been characterizing as an "invasion".

The video, peppered with phrases like "Democrats let him into our country" and "President Donald Trump and Republicans are making America safe again", is being widely decried as racist and xenophobic.

The video includes scenes of a migrant "caravan", warning, "Who else would Democrats let in?"

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A man, identified as a "deported immigrant in caravan", says through an interpreter that he wants to come to the United States so he can apply for a pardon for attempted murder charges. "Democrats let him stay".

At the time, Bracamontes was an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had been deported twice. His image - complete with shaved head, long chin hair and accented English - is now the centerpiece of a video tweeted out by President Donald Trump as part of his closing argument on immigration less than a week before midterm elections that could alter the path of his presidency. "Vote Republican now", appears at the top of the ad Trump tweeted to his 55.5 million followers. The ad, which was financed by supporters of Bush's campaign focused on Horton, a convicted murderer, who was released on a weekend furlough program (which had been supported by Dukakis) and committed assault and rape while he was out.

Former President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor Robert Reich said Trump and the Republicans have "resorted to fearmongering".


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