— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
What did I just watch?
Courtesy of CNN:
In the most racially charged national political ad in 30 years, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party accuse Democrats of plotting to help people they depict as Central American invaders overrun the nation with cop killers.
The new web video, tweeted by the President five days before the midterm elections, is the most extreme step yet in the most inflammatory closing argument of any campaign in recent memory.
The Trump campaign ad is the latest example of the President’s willingness to lie and fear-monger in order to tear at racial and societal divides; to embrace demagoguery to bolster his own political power and the cause of the Republican midterm campaign.
The web video — produced for the Trump campaign — features Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican man who had previously been deported but returned to the United States and was convicted in February in the slaying of two California deputies.
“I’m going to kill more cops soon,” a grinning Bracamontes is shown saying in court as captions flash across the screen reading “Democrats let him into our country. Democrats let him stay.”
CNN goes on in their reporting to compare this to the notorious “Willie Horton ad” that was developed for George H. Bush during his 1988 presidential campaign against Michael Dukakis.
It is widely reviled as a racist advertisement aimed at demonizing African Americans and painting the Democratic party as soft on crime.
This advertisement is even uglier, as it paints all immigrants as potential murderers, and has the current president’s seal of approval.
Makes me wonder just how many people Trump is willing to have killed in order to make his political argument?