President Donald Trump continues to push the same old racism that he utilized in his initial rise to national prominence during the 2016 U.S. presidential election season. His team produced a new ad recently explicitly equating angry cop killers with immigrants to the United States, and CNN refused to run it. When Donald Trump Jr. accused them of hiding the truth, they responded — no, the ad is just racist.
The ad in question features footage of Luis Bracamontes during a trial in 2014, when he threatened to kill more police officers soon after having already murdered two others. Text overlaying footage of the murderer reads:
‘Democrats let him into our country. Democrats let him stay.’
In fact, the reality of the situation is more complicated than that. Bracamontes was deported during the tenure of President Bill Clinton — who was a Democrat — before re-entering the United States and being deported again in 2001. The Washington Post reports that he seems to have last entered the U.S. under the tenure of President George W. Bush — who was very much a Republican, despite Trump’s attempt to cast opening the doors to criminals as part of the Democratic platform.
Still, no matter the lies, the Trumps are keeping at it. To the president, the Democrats want “open borders” so that criminals and terrorists embedded with caravans of asylum-seekers can sneak into the United States. In fact, Democrats just aim for more humane immigration policies that exclude measures like the unnecessary separation of immigrant parents for their children. Concurrently, there remains no evidence that there are any Middle Eastern terrorists aiming to sneak into the U.S. via high profile caravans in Central America, and the vast majority of those involved are just asylum-seekers including plenty of women and children.
Nevertheless, Trump Jr. complained of CNN’s refusal to get on board with their nonsense:
‘CNN refused to run this ad… I guess they only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats that don’t suit their agenda. Enjoy. Remember this on Tuesday.’
CNN refused to run this ad… I guess they only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats that don’t suit their agenda. Enjoy. Remember this on Tuesday. #vote #voterepublican pic.twitter.com/VyMm7GhPLX
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 3, 2018
The CNN communications team shot back:
‘CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist. When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined. Those are the facts.’
The Trumps’ antagonistic relationship with CNN — and the facts — goes way back. President Trump has long singled the network out as among the “worst” purveyors of “fake news” despite a glaring lack of actually faked stories.
Meanwhile, the president has been documented to have lied thousands and thousands of times upon taking office. Ahead of the midterms — which conclude in just a few days — Trump has dug into his positions of racism, lies, and beyond, pushing narratives including that of an impending migrant “invasion” and economic collapse if voters dare support Democrats. Trump Jr. has helped him push this narrative on voters, appearing at rallies across the U.S.
They don’t seem to care. Across the United States, Democrats are expected to come in far ahead of Republicans in the overall U.S. House vote, picking up dozens and dozens of seats — and who knows what else.
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