President Trump dropped a "closing" ad for the 2018 midterm elections Wednesday night, and it's causing a firestorm in the media.
The ad features footage of Luis Bracamontes, a convicted cop killer and illegal immigrant. The ad says Bracamontes "Killed our people!"
The spot features footage of Bracamontes boasting of his killings and saying he'd like to kill more cops.
'Democrats let him into our country," the ad reads. "Democrats let him stay."
The ad then shows footage from the migrant caravan heading north, and shows one man telling a Fox News reporter that he's hoping President Trump will grant him a pardon for his role in a murder.
"Who else would Democrats let in?" the ad asks.
It closes with a title card reading: "President Donald J. Trump and Republicans Are Making America Safe Again."
CNN's Chris Cuomo said of the ad, “it makes the Willie Horton ad seem fair,” a reference to the George H. W. Bush ad depicting Michael Dukakis as “soft on crime” after a “weekend pass” program he supported allowed Willie Horton to commit rape while out on furlough.
Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN: “This is just a new low in campaigning. It’s sickening.”
CNN’s Don Lemon said the ad shows Trump “is willing to use lies and scare tactics to terrify his base.” [Video]
The ad, Lemon said, “is racist.”
Robert Reich said: “This may be the most desperate and vile ad since Willie Horton. Trump and Republicans don't want to talk about the fact that they plan to repeal the ACA, gut Social Security, Medicare, & Medicaid, and cut taxes even further for their donors, so they've resorted to fearmongering.”
Max Boot complained: “This ad is giving demagoguery a bad name. This is so blatant, so over the top, so hysterical. It is just a disgrace.”
Don Lemon said that “every American” should speak out against Trump’s ad.