US President Donald Trump faced scathing criticism on Thursday for an advertisement linking Democrats and immigrants to violent crime, with some fellow Republicans blasting it as "sickening" and the most racially divisive political ad in three decades.
The ad includes footage of Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican man who entered the USA illegally and killed two police officers in Sacramento in 2014, despite having been deported twice before.
Bracamontes was in the country illegally at the time of the shooting.
The ad, which Trump posted to his Twitter page Wednesday and has since pinned to the top of his timeline, shows footage of undocumented immigrant Luis Bracamontes laughing as he says he killed police officers and promises to kill more.
"They're dead. I don't regret that", announces Bracamontes during one of his infamous courtroom meltdowns. His words are clear: He's killed cops and he's "gonna kill more cops soon". Democrats let him into our country. "Democrats let him stay", the text on the screen continues.
Despite being slammed as racist, the Horton ads are said to have had a significant impact on Dukakis's chances and helped Bush to the presidency. It includes scenes of a migrant caravan moving toward the USA, warning ominously, "Who else would Democrats let in?" and suggesting that more violence would soon penetrate the border. See Ad Age's coverage at the time: "Watch: Disturbing Trump Ad Calls Dems "Complicit" in Murders Committed by Illegal Immigrants."
Trump shared this frightening visual aid with his 55.5 million Twitter followers, along with the caption "Vote Republican now!" and in under 24 hours it had already been viewed nearly two million times.
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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.
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.
Despite being morally apprehensible, Kim also admits the ad's strategy was "incredibly effective", and until this day "sets the bar for racial cuing". Mr Dukakis went on to lose to Republican George HW Bush. "I hope this doesn't work".
Wednesday evening, the video was discussed at length by Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon on CNN. "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".
"This may be the most desperate and vile ad since Willie Horton", Reich said on Twitter.
But something tells us, Trump isn't anxious about that.