Video of cop killer becomes Trump campaign push

Video of cop killer becomes Trump campaign push

"Who else would the Democrats let in?" the video asks. "We understand this is an issue that motivates his base, but the economic issues are what we really need to win these swing voters because they are who's going to decide who controls the House", adding that Trump "is solidifying swing voters who were already leaning Democratic and are now definitely going vote for Democratic candidates".

Bracamontes is a ruthless murderer who made headlines for his lack of remorse and violent outbursts in court, but what the video wanted viewers to focus on is that he was in the United States illegally at the time of his daylong crime spree.

Many recalled the infamous "Willie Horton" campaign ad from the 1988 presidential election between George H.W. Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis. The ad ends with the tag: "President Donald J. Trump and Republicans are making America Safe Again!", a play on Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

Now, Luis Bracamontes' menacing smile has abruptly taken a central role in Trump's closing midterm election argument about immigration as the president tweeted out a video of the Latino man's courtroom appearance in what was immediately denounced by some Democrats and Republicans as a racist campaign tactic. The man also featured in a January video tied to the anniversary of Trump's January 20, 2017 inauguration.

That ad was part of a blitz by Trump's campaign, and his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, did several interviews to promote it. The tweet is pinned to the top of the president's Twitter page so as to be prominent.

As Massachusetts governor, Mr Dukakis supported the furlough program. A senior counterterrorism expert in the Trump administration told CNN that there's no evidence "ISIS or other Sunni terrorist groups are trying to infiltrate the southern US border". "You've spent years drumming up fear of immigrants, misrepresenting the danger they pose, blurring the line between criminals and noncriminals (including "dreamers") and sending dog whistles - no, make that trumpet blasts - to the white nationalists". Thirty years later, critics say Trump is hoping the same sort of propaganda will work for him, although his approach is clearly not much better.

"This is distracting, divisive Donald at his worst", said Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, while appearing on Cuomo Prime Time.

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