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

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"Democrats let him into our country", the ad flashes.

"Who else would Democrats let in?" is superimposed over images of Bracamontes, who is now on death row at San Quentin for the 2014 slayings of Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff's Detective Michael Davis Jr.

The White House and the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comments as to who made or paid for the video or if any tax dollars were used to run it from the President's account.

"Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people!", the video states, adding, "Democrats let him into our country".

Some Democrats, including Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labour in the Clinton administration, compared the spot to the 1988 "Willie Horton" ad, which supporters of Republican then-candidate George H.W. Bush used to great effect against Democratic rival Michael Dukakis.

But of course "Complicit", the earlier Bracamontes-focused ad, was also released by that same leader of the Republican Party, who had just celebrated the one-year anniversary of his presidency.

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

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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. "The insinuation is, if you elect Governor Dukakis as president, we're going to have black rapists running amok in the country".

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

They doubled-down on their criticisms of the video, saying: "The Trump campaign ad is the latest example of the President's willingness to lie and fear-monger in order to tear at racial and societal divides; to embrace demagoguery to bolster his own political power and the cause of the Republican midterm campaign".

But Bracamontes was first deported during the Clinton administration and later slipped back into the US during the George W. Bush administration, according to federal documents obtained by the Sacramento Bee.

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called the new ad the "dog whistle of all dog whistles". CBS News is not posting the video here because of the language used.

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

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