President Trump and his allies in the right-wing media have been doing their damndest to try to make the midterm elections about their all-consuming fear and paranoia over a depleting band of bedraggled asylum seekers weeks away from the U.S. border. The closing message from the GOP is a resounding “BE AFRAID OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS” matched with an equally farcical “DEMOCRATS ARE LETTING UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS IN.” Obviously you shouldn’t, and they’re not, but when it comes to politics, the Republican Party’s ethos is “always bet on race-baiting.”
They tried the same thing in 2014 (and it worked!) when we were promised hordes of Ebola-carrying migrants would soon be storming the Southwest, infecting everyone like some zombie apocalypse. (They completely dropped the Ebola stuff immediately after they won control of the Senate, but they’re still claiming, without evidence, that the caravan is a disease vector.)
Because that kind of fear-mongering was a little too subtle for Team Trump, his campaign cut an ad featuring an undocumented and unrepentant cop-killer. (WARNING: RACISM)
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
The ad features Luis Bracamontes, who received the death penalty for killing two police officers, promising to break out and kill more police officers. Text overlaid on Bracamontes chilling statements reads “DEMOCRATS LET HIM INTO OUR COUNTRY” and “DEMOCRATS LET HIM STAY.”
Of course, none of this is true. Bracamontes was released from jail by Sheriff Joe Arpaio the far-right Republican pardoned by… President Donald J. Trump! Bracamontes also entered the United States during the Bush administration, but Trump isn’t going to the truth get in the way of some good old-fashioned racism.
The video then cuts to the caravan of asylum seekers who, again, are following the law (you must be physically present in the United States to apply for asylum, which is legal). It does, however, feature a Fox News interview with one member of the caravan who was convicted of attempted murder and wants to apply for a pardon (and by appearing on Fox News, he’s already halfway there—it worked for Joe Arpaio!). Anyway, good thing there’s a screening process at the border. The video then ominously asks “WHO ELSE WOULD DEMOCRATS LET IN?” And cuts back to a laughing Bracamontes.
In other words, it’s racist as hell. CNN refused to air it (although they did give it plenty of airtime in their discussion of the ad, which is a little iffy). Facebook wouldn’t let it be distributed as an ad (but you can still upload the video). NBC aired it during the highly rated Patriots-Packers game and also in the morning on MSNBC, but then took the ad down.
Even Fox News decided the ad was too racist for them. “Upon further review, FOX News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either FOX News Channel or FOX Business Network,” Fox News president of ad sales told CNN’s Brian Stetler. That’s pretty damn racist!
But the ad does have some fans. Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale, unsurprisingly, is a fan and attacked NBC, CNN, and Facebook for not airing the ad. (He seems to have let Fox News slide for SOME reason.)
Equally unsurprising, avowed white supremacist and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke is HUGE fan, and you can practically hear him racistly orgasming from underneath his white hood.
Trump responded to questions as to whether the ad is offensive (it is, in so many ways) with, “A lot of things are offensive, your questions are offensive a lot of time.” So presidential. Trump has also ordered 5,200 troops to the border (claiming he could send up to 15,000) for over a month who are literally missing Thanksgiving with their families to shovel horsesh*t.
He might as well send Parscale down there with them, god knows he’s got the experience.