President Donald Trump tweeted “the most racially charged national political ad in 30 years” on Wednesday, accusing Democrats of letting Mexican and Central American murderers into the country.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
“ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT, LUIS BRACAMONTES, KILLED OUR PEOPLE!” opens the ad, which was produced by Trump’s campaign, over courtroom footage of the Mexican man smiling and bragging about killing police officers.
“DEMOCRATS LET HIM INTO OUR COUNTRY,” the ad claims shortly before Bracamontes says, “I’m gonna kill more cops soon.”
“DEMOCRATS LET HIM STAY,” continues the ad, which then pivots to footage of the migrant caravan traveling north from Central America that Republicans and conservative media have been fear-mongering about for weeks.
“WHO ELSE WOULD DEMOCRATS LET IN?” asks the ad, after showing a short clip of a Fox News interview with an unidentified Spanish-speaking man from the caravan who claims to be a convicted murderer.
“PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS ARE MAKING AMERICA SAFE AGAIN!” exclaims the ad after closing on an image of Bracamontes smiling.
The ad has generated bipartisan backlash. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) called it “sickening” and “a new low in campaigning.” Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday that the ad represents “Donald at his worst.”
"When you create a climate, as this President has created, that invites violent acts, you should never be surprised when you have violent acts." – DNC Chairman @Tom Perez https://t.co/kYd29fexjw pic.twitter.com/Q0bCqyQYLc
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) November 1, 2018
Trump’s dogwhistles have become foghorns in the final days before next week’s midterm elections, as the president continues to escalate his very obvious attempts to distract from Republicans’ unpopular policies.
The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that 5,000 active-duty troops were being sent to the U.S.-Mexico border in what was widely considered to be a political stunt meant to justify the White House’s fear-mongering about immigrants. Trump said on Wednesday that number could reach 15,000. Either way, the amount of American military members at the border will far exceed the number of members of the caravan, which continues to shrink as migrants claim asylum in Mexico during the dangerous journey to escape violence, natural disasters, and brutal authoritarian crackdowns in their home countries.
The president has continued to amplify caravan conspiracy theories even after reports that Robert Bowers, who was charged with federal hate crimes for the murders of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue last weekend, also ranted about baseless conservative conspiracy theories regarding the migrant caravan on social media.
Trump on Wednesday absurdly suggested that Soros could be paying the migrants and criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for pointing out the president’s proposal to end birthright citizenship via executive order was likely unconstitutional.