As Scott Shackford noted here, Donald Trump has released an unmistakably nativist, racist ad depicting Latino illegal immigrants as insane cop killers whom Democrats allow to freely roam the country at murderous will.
Horton, who was black, raped a woman while out of prison on a weekend furlough.
They doubled-down on their criticisms of the video, saying: "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 president has made his hard-line immigration policies the center of his closing argument, trying to raise anxiety about several caravans of Central American migrants traveling to the southern border and threatening to end the constitutionally enshrined right of birthright citizenship by executive order.
Condemned as racist, it was used in 1988 against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, who supported the furlough programme when he was governor of MA.
Shackford's main point was that Luis Bracamontes, who now sits on death row in California, is in no way representative of illegal immigrants, much less legal ones. "Democrats let him stay". As of Thursday afternoon, it had received 3.51 million views in less than 24 hours and was the "pinned" tweet atop Trump's profile, meaning it was the first thing any visitor to his Twitter page would see.
"This isn't an innocent group of people", Trump said Thursday.
Republicans have a slim 51-49 hold on the Senate, where Democrats have a tough hill to climb with 26 Democratic seats on the ballot and only nine Republican seats.
"This is a sickening ad. Republicans everywhere should denounce it", said Republican Sen.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez characterised the ad as "distracting, divisive Donald at his worst".
Trump has scheduled 10 campaign rallies over the next five days in eight states - Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
His snarling, expletive-filled courtroom rant about killing police officers appeared in a little-noticed January 2018 Trump campaign ad. That video was timed to the one-year anniversary of Trump's inauguration and meant to promote his immigration agenda.
Mr Trump has long promoted the alleged danger presented by those living in the country illegally.