GOPers Fear That Trump's Immigration Mania Will Alienate Crucial Swing Voters

Geneva Stokes
November 2, 2018

President Donald Trump blamed Democrats Wednesday for allowing a deported cop killer back into the US, but as it turns out, the convict's return occurred under Republican leadership.

The ad was reminiscent of the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis in 1988 and condemned as racist.

"Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people!" reads the text featured on the 53-second video. Horton, who was black, raped a woman while out of prison on a weekend furlough.

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. "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".

"This is distracting, divisive Donald at his worst", Perez said on CNN's 'Cuomo Prime Time.' "This is fear mongering".

U.S President Donald Trump is being heavily criticised for releasing a Republican advertisement on his official Twitter page. CBS News is not posting the video here because of the language used.

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CNN political analyst John Avlon reminded her that former RNC chair and George H.W. Bush adviser Lee Atwater had apologized for the race-baiting Willie Horton ad shortly before his death in '91. Bracamontes also starred in a Trump ad released in January, titled "Complicit", in an effort to drum up support for the border wall.

There were some who supported Trump in sharing the ad, however.

"This is a sickening ad. Republicans everywhere should denounce it", said Republican senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent critic of Mr Trump.

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".

Then a segment from Fox News shows a correspondent interviewing a man identified only as "deported immigrant in caravan", who through a translator, requests to be pardoned for attempted murder.

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