Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

President Trump resorts to fear-mongering to swing votes ahead of midterms

President Trump resorts to fear-mongering to swing votes ahead of midterms

President Trump is stepping up his message on immigration before the midterms in a big way with a tweeted video about an undocumented immigrant who killed two law enforcement officers in 2014.

The video is reminiscent of the infamous 1988 "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and condemned as racist.

"Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people!" reads text on the ad, which shows an unrepentant Bracamontes smiling in court and promising to kill more officers if he gets out.

- The widows of two police officers the Mexican immigrant murdered were invited to President Donald Trump's 2017 address to Congress.

"It is outrageous what the Democrats are doing to our Country", Trump tweeted with the video.

Trump has long promoted the alleged danger presented by those living in the country illegally, although statistics show they do not commit crimes at a higher rate than citizens.

That ad, paid for by a PAC associated with the Bush campaign, is considered a classic example of racist dog whistling.

"This is a sickening ad. Republicans everywhere should denounce it", said Republican senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent critic of Mr Trump.

President Trump is leading an 11th-hour Republican charge in Florida amid a surge of interest from young voters that could secure the pivotal state for the Democrats on Tuesday. He had been deported twice before his killing spree.

"Who else would Democrats let in?" asks the ad, which Trump tweeted late on Wednesday. Horton, who was black, raped a woman while out of prison on a weekend furlough.

In a first reaction, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said the ad was a sign of desperation and suggested that Trump was losing the argument over health care that is at the center of the Democratic campaign. That ad was part of a blitz by Trump's campaign, and his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, did several interviews to promote it.

The whole advert centered around William Horton, an African American man who in 1987, raped a white woman and stabbed her white fiancé, after he was released on a weekend furlough from the MA prison where he was serving his life sentence. With the rise of social media, campaigns and PACs that post ads on their social media accounts have brought a whole new grey area in town, according to experts.

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

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