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Rubin writes: "President Trump's blatantly racist ad - showing an illegal immigrant boasting about killing police officers - is a fitting final pitch for a party and a campaign that are now nearly entirely focused on whipping up xenophobia."

A racist ad portraying undocumented immigrants as killers promoted by President Donald Trump. (photo: CBS)
A racist ad portraying undocumented immigrants as killers promoted by President Donald Trump. (photo: CBS)

Trump's Racist Ad Shows How Low Republicans Have Sunk

By Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

01 November 18


resident Trump’s blatantly racist ad — showing an illegal immigrant boasting about killing police officers — is a fitting final pitch for a party and a campaign that are now nearly entirely focused on whipping up xenophobia. I won’t link to the ad; The Post describes it thusly:

The man on the screen has a shaved head and a mustache and long chin hair. Smiling, he announces, “I killed f‐‐‐— cops.”

The man is Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported Mexican immigrant who was given the death penalty in April for killing two California law enforcement officers in 2014. At the time of the shootings, Bracamontes was in the United States illegally — and now, with the midterm election approaching, he’s the star of the GOP’s latest campaign ad. . . .

The text is superimposed over videos of Bracamontes appearing to show no remorse for his crimes, and even declaring, “I’m going to kill more cops soon.”

More footage follows: Throngs of unidentified people rioting in unidentified streets and pushing down fences in undisclosed locations. A Fox News Channel correspondent interviewing a man identified only as “deported immigrant in caravan,” who asks to be pardoned for attempted murder. … “Who else would Democrats let in?” the video asks. An image of Bracamontes smiling reappears before being replaced by text, “President Donald Trump and Republicans are making America safe again.”

To all the Republicans who think that words don’t matter, who rationalize support for the president because of judges or tax cuts, who insist that domestic terrorism is unrelated to normalization of virulent racist rhetoric and who remain silent believing they have no moral responsibility for this brand of politics, I would say this is reason enough to vote, as my colleague Max Boot has suggested, against each and every Republican on the ballot. We have not seen individual Republican candidates, let alone House and Senate leaders, denounce the ad or insist that Trump take it down. Silence is assent. And therefore each one deserves the ire of decent voters.

To all the White House staffers who think they are “saving” the United States from harm, who bristle at the notion they should be shunned from polite society (not harassed, shunned) and who insist that they be treated like staffers of previous administrations (e.g. thanked for their service), I would say that you will share the blame for a dark chapter in American history.

To Rupert Murdoch, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Lou Dobbs, Fox shareholders, Fox producers and Fox executives and other on-air Fox personalities, I would say that this is in large part your doing. You’ve spent years drumming up fear of immigrants, misrepresenting the danger they pose, blurring the line between criminals and noncriminals (including “dreamers”) and sending dog whistles — no, make that trumpet blasts — to the white nationalists. I would say to you that Fox is not a news organization but a source of material and affirmation for the worst elements in our society, a small sliver of whom become violent. It’s not a place where reputable news people should want to work, nor a network that advertisers should support or viewers should indulge.

I appreciate the condemnation of Republicans such as Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) (“This is just a new low in campaigning. It’s sickening”), but they need to do more. It’s not enough for Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), as he did yesterday before the ad hit, to mildly rebuke Trump, without even mentioning him (“We all know what’s happening. It’s all about revving up the base, using fear to stimulate people to come out at the polls.”). They need to demand that the ad come down and implore their colleagues on the ballot to denounce it. If the colleagues refuse, Flake and Corker should pull endorsements from them.

The GOP has sunk to new lows, but likely not hit bottom. Unless soundly beaten in the midterms, Republicans will get even worse, as will the conduct they inspire.

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+5 # indian weaving 2018-11-01 14:28
I think the Chamber Bros. video of their incredible song "Time Has Come Today" is appropriate now:

Seems like time is closing in on us here in the good ole USA now ...
+15 # grandlakeguy 2018-11-01 14:29
YES, lets make America safe again... outlaw all assault weapons and enact STRICT gun control laws!
+10 # chapdrum 2018-11-01 15:15
It is always possible for the Republican Party to get worse. Too bad for the Constitution and our remaining democracy that we are obliged to take them seriously.
+4 # opinionaire 2018-11-02 05:59
Is this the immigrant who entered the US during the W. administration?
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-11-02 08:10
Little difference between the methods of this advertisement & of Nazi Julius Streicher’s vile 1930s anti-semitic slanders in Der Sturmer.
0 # BetaTheta 2018-11-02 12:49
I can only imagine the reaction if the Dems went similarly low and aired an ad featuring a boasting neo-Nazi and implying a link to Trump.
+1 # lfeuille 2018-11-03 19:09
But that would be true.
+2 # REDPILLED 2018-11-02 14:53
Fox "News" shows promote misinformation, lies, divisiveness, xenophobia, racism, anti-immigrant mania and paranoia, and demonization of everyone who does not fit with their extreme right-wing, intolerant agenda. 

Fox is heavily responsible for the rise of hatred and white supremacist "nationalism" in the U.S. over the last 20+ years, intensifying with the Trump regime, which they propagandize for. 

Their lies and exaggerations about the caravan of refugees seeking asylum from violence and horror in Central America were part of what brainwashed the anti-Jewish hater who killed 11 people in the Pittsburgh synagogue last week.

Boycott all companies advertising on Fox "News" programs, and send a post card to the CEO of each of those companies briefly explaining why you will no longer buy his/her products as long as they advertise on Fox "News" shows:

FOXNEWSADVERTISERS.COM – A weekly list of the top advertisers of Fox News

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0 # intheEPZ 2018-11-03 08:16
Time for a little racial profiling in the other direction. Whereas most of the mass shootings, school shootings, hate crimes, murders of innocent people at rallies, day care center bombings, armed uprisings, i.e. terrorism on US soil of the last few decades etc. have been committed by angry white guys who support the NRA, affiliate with white supremacist types, spew hate on the internet, and (more recently) wear red MAGA hats, I think it's time for law enforcement to vigorously profile them, and prevent these heinous attacks. Why is it they only profile brown skin and peace signs?

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