Trump political ad assailed as 'sickening,' racially divisive

Trump Tweets Controversial Video of Immigrant Cop Killer

The ad includes footage of Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican man who entered the U.S. illegally and killed two police officers in Sacramento in 2014, despite having been deported twice before.

A pair of Bush ads, one of which was the brainchild of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, depicted Dukakis - then the governor of MA - presiding over a "revolving door" prison system and giving out "weekend passes" to convicted murderers.

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.

Some noted that while Bush tried to distance himself from the Horton ad, which was not directly financed by his campaign, Trump has given the Bracamontes ad his full endorsement. His snarling, expletive-filled rant about killing police officers appeared in a little-noticed January 2018 Trump campaign ad.

With only a few days left until the midterm election, Donald Trump has stepped up his anti-immigration, fear-mongering, polarizing tactics with a blatantly racist new ad that even has some conservatives finally saying he's gone too far. The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Bracamontes, an immigrant living in the country illegally, sports a shaved head and long chin hair and speaks in accented English in the video, and his words are clear: He's killed cops and he's "gonna kill more cops soon".

Some Democrats, including Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labour 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. He then reportedly returned to the USA in 2001, was deported, then returned again in 2002, all during Republican George W. Bush's administration.

Horton was a convicted murderer who committed rape while furloughed under a programme in MA where Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis was governor. Bracamontes also starred in a Trump ad released in January, titled "Complicit", in an effort to drum up support for the border wall.

Horton, who was black, raped a woman while out of prison on a weekend furlough. In an interview with CNN, Perez described the ad as "fearmongering".

"This may be the most desperate and vile ad since Willie Horton", Reich said on Twitter.

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