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President Trump Goes Full "Willie Horton" Ahead of the Mid-Terms

Robert Franklin

Posted on November 2, 2018 15:03

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In his never-ending goal to demonize the Democrats, President Trump tweeted the most racist, disgusting, inflammatory political advertisement of the last thirty years.

Five days ahead of the mid-terms, President Trump once again made history, tweeting a video to his 55 million-plus followers that has dethroned the infamous Willie Horton ad as the most racially-insensitive, vile, disturbing political advertisement in the history of American politics.

The advertisement, which has been viewed at least 5.5 million times, features images of Luis Bracamontes -- a Hispanic man who came back to the U.S. after being deported  --  bragging about killing police officers, while promising to kill more, and is cut with images of destructive protesting and interviews with people from the Central American migrant caravan.

These images are superimposed with statements that blame Democrats for everything the viewer saw in the last minute, all polished off with a black screen and declarative white font, stating:

"PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS ARE MAKING AMERICA SAFE AGAIN."

It doesn't take a genius, or really any stretch of the imagination, to see exactly what this ad is promoting. It's a vile depiction of Hispanics, meant to demonize them in a time where border security and immigration are divisive, largely-partisan issues with an exceptionally well-demonstrated human rights controversy at the center.

Making this advertisement even worse is that it was tweeted by the President almost immediately following an announcement of the deployment of 5,200 American military personnel to the southern border of the United States to confront this migrant caravan -- which has been called an "invasion" -- working its way through Mexico.

The President, as well as his handlers in conservative media, have been going on and on about the caravan in recent weeks, even going as far as to claim that the caravan may also include Islamic terrorists, as nothing riles up the President's groupies like a perceived existential threat composed of brown people.

To many, the advertisement recalls images of Willie Horton and the "Weekend Passes" clip, an advertisement conceived for George H.W. Bush's 1988 presidential campaign that painted Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis as "soft-on-crime" and responsible for the crimes Horton committed when a weekend furlough went awry. It has been lambasted as one of the most offensive political ads in history.

The difference between Trump's video and "Weekend Passes", which makes Trump's video demonstrably worse, is that "Weekend Passes" was created by an outside group -- an arm of the National Security Political Action Committee called Americans for Bush -- whereas Trump's video was, at the very least, endorsed by him by virtue of a tweet.

Trump's video falls perfectly in line with how the president has spoken of immigrants since he began his campaign in 2015. When combined with both himself and conservative media fanning the flames exuding from people's fears surrounding immigrants, even going as far as to deploy over 5,000 troops to the border, President Trump and his ilk have created a maelstrom of fear catered to prospective voters.

The video's message is clear: everything you see here will harm you and the Democrats are to blame for it.

 

Robert Franklin

Posted on November 2, 2018 15:03

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