Video of cop killer becomes Trump campaign push

Trump Tweets Willie Horton-Like Anti-Immigration Ad

As Scott Shackford noted here, Donald Trump has released an unmistakably nativist, racist ad depicting Latino illegal immigrants as insane cop killers whom Democrats allow to freely roam the country at murderous will.

The video, which looks like an ad campaign video, shows twice-deported Mexican immigrant Luis Bracamontes laughing about killing two officers in California, and saying he wished he had killed more.

The White House and the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comments as to who made or paid for the video or if any tax dollars were used to run it from the president's account.

Trump has dialed up the rhetoric on immigration, issuing dire warnings about caravans of Central American migrants heading to the US southern border.

It has taken a central role in the United States president's closing midterm election argument amid his frenzy of hardline immigration proposals in the final stages of the campaign.

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

Condemned as racist, it was used in 1988 against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, who supported the furlough programme when he was governor of MA.

Trump told The Washington Times in an interview published Friday that he didn't view it as a "Willie Horton ad at all". The expletive-laced courtroom footage shows a laughing Bracamontes admitting he killed two police officers and promising to break out of jail soon.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday seemed certain that Democrats would retake the House.

Bracamontes, who is from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, came to the US illegally in June 1996, during Democrat Bill Clinton's administration.

The caption reads: "Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people!" And the video claimed "Democrats let him into our country" and "Democrats let him say". It includes scenes of a migrant caravan moving toward the US, warning ominously, "Who else would Democrats let in?" and suggesting that more violence would soon penetrate the border.

President Donald Trump says his administration has spent a lot of time, money and effort to make sure that Tuesday's midterm elections are "perfect and safe" in contrast to the Russian meddling that intelligence agencies said occurred during the 2016 presidential election.

However, according to a fact-check by the Sacramento Bee, Bracamontes was deported under a Democratic president, and released from jail by a close ally of Trump.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez characterised the ad as "distracting, divisive Donald at his worst".

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