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New Trump Ad Delivers Fresh Racism

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The anti-immigration piece already drew comparisons to 1988 Willie Horton ad.

A new video advertisement tweeted by President Donald Trump says Democrats let an unapologetic cop-killer into the country and want to let in more.

The spot immediately drew comparison to the notorious "Willie Horton" ad from the 1988 presidential election.

It includes video of Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican who was deported, then returned and killed two California deputies.

"I'm going to kill more cops soon," Bracamontes bragged in court.

Then text on the screen says "Democrats Let Him Stay." The ad then shows footage of immigrants flooding toward a border control point.

"Who Else Would Democrats Let In?" reads a final title card.

Democratic leaders immediately pushed back at the ad.

"This is distracting, divisive Donald at his worst," Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez told CNN.

Last night, Trump held a rally in Fort Myers, Fla., where he raised the specter of a Central American caravan of immigrants coming to the U.S. border on foot.

"Democrats want open borders," he told the crowd.

The Washington Post compared the messaging to an infamous ad from the 1988 presidential campaign. The television commercial from the George Bush campaign highlighted the story of a black criminal, Willie Horton, released from a Massachusetts prison on weekend furlough during Gov. Michael Dukakis's tenure; Horton committed a rape while furloughed. The commercial played only in the Deep South.

The new ad comes less than a week before the midterm election, in which Democrats expect to make gains in the U.S. House.

While the new ad received widespread condemnation, Democrats may also remember another fact about the Willie Horton ad, though.

Bush defeated Dukakis in the presidential election.

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