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

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Some noted that while Bush tried to distance himself from the Horton ad, which was not directly financed by his campaign, Trump has given the Bracamontes ad his full endorsement.

Trump, whose administration takes a hard-line approach to legal and illegal immigration, has focused on the caravan to drum up support for Republican congressional and gubernatorial candidates ahead of Tuesday's congressional elections.

"President Trump's blatantly racist ad - showing an illegal immigrant boasting about killing police officers - is a fitting final pitch for a party and a campaign that are now almost entirely focused on whipping up xenophobia".

The spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial professing regret at not killing more officials. It adds: "Democrats let him into our country..."

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Bracamontes, an immigrant living in the country illegally, sports a shaved head and long chin hair and speaks in accented English in the video, and his words are clear: He's killed cops and he's "gonna kill more cops soon".

Horton was serving a life sentence for murder in MA when he escaped custody after being temporarily released in a weekend furlough program.

The Daily Beast reported that Bracamontes was deported to Mexico in 1997 under the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton.

Even by 1980's standards the ad was considered offensive, but Ailes not only showed no remorse, according toRolling Stone, he once told a reporter, "The only question is whether we depict Willie Horton with a knife in his hand - or without it". Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic. "I hope this doesn't work".

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"This is distracting, divisive Donald at his worst", said Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, while appearing on Cuomo Prime Time. The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

But the Trump campaign was behind the January 2018 video, released on its YouTube page, that featured Bracamontes's courtroom appearance.

That video was timed to the one-year anniversary of Mr Trump's inauguration and meant to promote his immigration agenda.

Bracamontes was sentenced to death in April for killing Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff's Detective Michael Davis a daylong crime spree that began at a Motel 6 on Arden Way and ended in Auburn.

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