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‘Divisive Donald at his worst’: Trump attacked over racially inflammatory video
Donald Trump has tweeted a racially inflammatory video falsely accusing Democrats of allowing a man who murdered two police officers in California into the country.
The video, posted on social media on Wednesday, is a marker of the increasingly divisive, racially prejudiced rhetoric emanating from the White House in the run-up to the elections, and has been branded by some as one of the most racially charged national political adverts in decades.
It depicts Luis Bracamontes who in April this year was sentenced to death for the murder of two sheriff’s deputies in Sacramento, California. Bracamontes was in the country illegally at the time of the 2014 murder and had been deported twice in the past.
The video falsely claims: “Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people! … Democrats let him into our country … Democrats let him stay.”
It has drawn comparisons to the notorious “Willie Horton” campaign adverts released in support of George HW Bush’s 1988 election campaign. Horton, an African American, was convicted of murder and then committed a rape during a furlough program in Massachusetts while Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis was governor.
The advert has long been regarded as one of the most divisive in modern presidential history for deliberately stoking fears over race and security.
But the Horton adverts were not directly endorsed by the Bush campaign, unlike the video published by Trump yesterday.
On Wednesday evening Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez told CNN the video was “divisive Donald at his worst”.