The ‘sickening’ Trump ad that links cop killer to caravan migrants

Rep. Beto O'Rourke the Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas has raised $31 million from small donors

Rep. Beto O'Rourke the Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas has raised $31 million from small donors

The video stood in stark contrast to an ad circulated by the Trump campaign earlier in the week that highlighted rosy economic numbers and depicted gauzy scenes of American suburban life.

Days before the crucial mid-term elections, US President Donald Trump has posted a divisive campaign advertisement on his Twitter account which he hopes would boost the Republican party's campaign.

Bracamontes was in the country illegally at the time of the shooting.

Donald Trump tweeted out an anti-immigration video on Wednesday (October 31), alleging Democrats were responsible for allowing a convicted cop killer into the United States.

The video focused heavily on Luis Bracamontes, who was a twice-deported Mexican immigrant who was sentenced to death for killing two police officers.

The spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial professing regret at not killing more officials.

"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.

"Who else would Democrats let in?" asks the ad, which Trump tweeted late on Wednesday.

The new Trump ad is, inevitably, being compared to the notorious 1988 "Willie Horton" ad released by a PAC that supported the presidential campaign of then-candidate George H.W. Bush.

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

Horton was a convicted murderer who went on a crime spree while on furlough from prison under a program supported by Dukakis, then governor of MA. He then reportedly returned to the U.S. in 2001, was deported, then returned again in 2002, all during Republican George W. Bush's administration.

The video tweeted by Trump did not immediately appear to be running on television - it has a runtime longer than most TV ads - although it received extensive coverage on cable news networks.

The video is pinned to the top of his Twitter page.

The ad Trump is now promoting, though, goes even further in its racial and anti-immigrant fear-mongering, critics say. President Trump was also joined by Rick Scott, who's looking to unseat Democrat Senator Bill Nelson.

"I can tell you that it's definitely part of a divide-and-conquer strategy that a lot of politicians, including the President, have used successfully in the past", Mr Curbelo said on CNN. In an interview with CNN, Perez described the ad as "fearmongering".

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