Here’s some excellent reporting from the WaPo detailing the outright lies in this sickeningly racist ad. The sad thing is that this is exactly the kind of thing Trump’s base gobbles up and then propagates – I know because I regularly hear Trump’s lies repeated in the most casual way by a neighbor, the spouse of a friend, and two work colleagues – I hear the lies as in an echo chamber just days after Trump drops them in a Tweet. It’s appalling to consider that even years from now, the vast majority of Trump’s supporters will still be trumpeting these lies as if they are truths. We must impeach this racist, hate mongering President and remove him from office before he rends our country in two.
The expletive-filled advertisement President Trump released this week, seemingly to raise fears about immigration in advance of the midterm elections, was widely denounced, with Democrats and even some Republicans criticizing it as racist.
But beyond the outrage, the ad was also reportedly based on a falsehood.
The 53-second video focuses on the courtroom behavior of Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented immigrant who was convicted of killing two sheriff’s deputies in California in 2014 and bragged about it during the trial.
“Democrats let him into our country,” the ad’s script reads. “Democrats let him stay.”
Just one problem: It doesn’t appear to be true.
Bracamontes, who had been deported multiple times before his crime rampage, appears to have last entered the country while George W. Bush was president, sometime between May 2001 and February 2002, when there is a record for his marriage in Arizona, according to the Sacramento Bee…
The ad also failed to mention that in 1998 he was arrested on drug charges in Phoenix, then released by the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio “for reasons unknown,” the Bee reported.
Yes, that Joe Arpaio, the racist sheriff pardoned by Trump as a dog whistle to other racists in his base, actually had Bracamontes in custody and then let him go – a truth conveniently omitted from Trump’s lying ad.