A new Trump campaign ad released online has been called "sickening" and "a new low in campaigning" by Republican Senator Jeff Flake, and is prompting headlines this morning including "Outrage erupts over Trump campaign ad blaming Democrats for immigrant who "killed our people" (USA Today), "Trump shocks with racist new ad days before midterms" (CNN) and "DNC chair blasts Trump ad as "fear mongering" ("Fox & Friends" via Fox News).
The video shows a Latino man in court, smiling menacingly.
By 2002, he traveled back to the USA and married an American citizen, staying in the country.
Luis Bracamontes, now on death row at San Quentin for killing a California sheriff's deputy and detective in 2014, is featured in the fearmongering video that critics are comparing to the notoriously racist "Wille Horton" ad attacking Michael Dukakis during his Democratic run for the presidency in 1988.
Horton was a convicted murderer who committed rape while furloughed under a programme in MA where Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis was governor.
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. "The insinuation is, if you elect Governor Dukakis as president, we're going to have black rapists running amok in the country". Dukakis went on to lose to Republican George H.W. Bush.
President Trump is leading an 11th-hour Republican charge in Florida amid a surge of interest from young voters that could secure the pivotal state for the Democrats on Tuesday. 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 USA border".
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Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez characterised the ad as "distracting, divisive Donald at his worst".
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.