Trump Ramps Up Racism After Synagogue Massacre

UPDATE: From the Sacramento Bee:

Bracamontes was next arrested May 4, 2001, on marijuana charges in Maricopa County, and deported three days later. Republican George W. Bush was president at the time, and was president when Bracamontes slipped back into the United States a short time later.

The date of his re-entry is not clear, but records show Bracamontes was married in Maricopa County on Feb. 28, 2002, when Bush was president.

By then, Bracamontes had been living near Salt Lake City where he remained until 2014, when he and his wife embarked upon a methamphetamine-fueled trip that ended with their arrests in Placer County after the deputies were killed.

Meaning that in addition to being twisted and outlandishly racist, this ad is also lying.

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CNN reports, and it would be a profound shock at any other moment:

In the most racially charged national political ad in 30 years, President Donald Trump and the Republican Party accuse Democrats of plotting to help people they depict as Central American invaders overrun the nation with cop killers.

The new web video, tweeted by the President five days before the midterm elections, is the most extreme step yet in the most inflammatory closing argument of any campaign in recent memory.

The Trump campaign ad is the latest example of the President’s willingness to lie and fear-monger in order to tear at racial and societal divides; to embrace demagoguery to bolster his own political power and the cause of the Republican midterm campaign.

The web video in question, which has over 3 million views via President Donald Trump’s Twitter account alone, depicts an undocumented cop-killer from California bragging about his crimes before cutting to selected clips of the migrant caravan of asylum seekers making its way north through Mexico toward the U.S. border. It’s being compared to some of the worst race-baiting political ads in modern political history, from the Willie Horton ads against Michael Dukakis in 1988 to the infamous Jesse Helms “White Hands” ad invoking white resentment to affirmative action.

But in context with current events, it’s actually far worse than any of those.

Given the horrific violence that misinformation about this caravan of people who intend to seek asylum from the U.S. government in the event they reach the southern border weeks from now has provoked, including the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 people last Saturday, this video making a totally unjustified connection from a violent criminal to this caravan is incredibly irresponsible. Less than a few days after an act of misguided violence over this same dreadfully overhyped caravan that shocked the nation, the President of the United States is inciting further violence rather than trying to bring Americans together.

After two years in which it seems like every boundary self-imposed by civil society and common decency has been shattered by this heedless monster of a President, this could honestly be the worst yet. At a moment when the President should be backing the nation away from the brink, this one is pushing us closer.

Whatever happens next Tuesday, this is a very sad moment in American history.

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  1. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Show me ONE THING in this ad that isn't true. Go ahead.

    • DavieDavie says:

      Oh, but I thought you were the champion of "GUILT BY ASSOCIATION IS NOT FAIR".  Sorry, I momentarily forgot what a big fat hypocrite you are.

    • unnamed says:

      Moderatus says:

      October 26, 2018 at 10:13 AM MDT

      Just admit that you believe he represents all Trump supporters.

      Say it so your HATE is obvious.

      I do not condone violence in any form.

      No one I know does. This person doesn't speak for me any more than Karl Marx speaks for Colorado Pols.

      We need to ratchet down the political rhetoric in this country and DEMOCRATS have their role to play in that.

      Don't kid yourself!! It's both sides!!

      If that ad's true, then you're as dangerous as the MAGA bomber and the Synagogue shooter.

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      Moderatus: it may be "true," but it is a racist use of a single anecdote to smear Democrats.

      And some say the ad isn't even true. For example, the Sacramento Bee:  Fact check: Trump’s claim that Democrats let cop killer stay in U.S. is false

       

      • ModeratusModeratus says:

        He was originally deported in the Clinton administration and he came back. That's the fact. It's true that George W. Bush was soft on immigration too. Let's stop pretending this isn't a problem and secure the border.

        • unnamed says:

          You want to pretend mass shootings aren't a problem.  You want to pretend that your tin-plated dictator isn't radicalizing the far right in this country to the point where they try to kill people.  To quote you:

          Let's stop pretending this isn't a problem

        • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

          11 killed in Pittsburg, by Robert Bowers, Yep, definitely a name from somewhere south of our border.  Got any more irrelevant points to make, Moddy?

          • unnamed says:

            Maybe we can trade the "Caravan" for the MAGAts.   I'd feel safer with people fleeing death squads than people like Trump, the MAGA bomber, Robert (Anti-Semite) Bowers, and Moddy Meltdown.

        • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

          OK…as soon as you and the rest of these white eyes get your asses back on a boat and go back to Europe…or Asia…or Africa…or wherever it is you are from. I am not against immigration…but until you stand in front of the tribal council and convince them you are worthy, you can't stay.

          And tell the rest of those persecuted people in France or England or Eastern Europe to leave their ships in the harbor…'cause we're going to turn you away at the beach.

           

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