Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona condemned a controversial video shared on Twitter late Wednesday by President Donald Trump days before the midterm election, which features an immigrant sentenced to death for killing two police officers and text that falsely blames Democrats for letting him into the country.
The video features Luis Bracamontes, who was sentenced to death earlier this year for the 2014 slayings of two California deputies.
Trump’s new midterms ad claims Bracamontes was readmitted into the United States during a Democratic administration, when in fact, he re-entered the U.S. during President George W. Bush’s tenure.
“Illegal immigrant, Luis Bracamontes, killed our people!,” the video says. “Democrats let him into our country. Democrats let him stay. Who else would Democrats let in?”
The video also appears to show footage of the migrant caravan of Central American asylum seekers that is currently in Mexico as ominous music plays. Trump has claimed the caravan is preparing an invasion of the United States.
“Who else would Democrats let in?” a caption asks.
This is a sickening ad. Republicans everywhere should denounce it. https://t.co/5sftOt57pI
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 1, 2018
The Hill reports:
Bracamontes first entered the country illegally in 1993, when he was 16. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office told the Bee that he was arrested in 1996 on marijuana possession-related charges and deported on June 3, 1997. Arizona records show he was arrested on drug charges again in Phoenix in 1998, then released “for reasons unknown” by then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s office.
He was arrested again on similar charges in May of 2001 and deported.
The Bee was unable to ascertain his exact re-entry date, but records show Bracamontes getting married in Maricopa County on Feb. 28, 2002, meaning he re-entered the country under the Bush administration. He was not deported again before the murder of two police officers in 2014.
“This is distracting, divisive Donald at his worst,” said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”
“This is fear mongering. … They have to fear monger and his dog whistle of all dog whistles is immigration. This has been Donald Trump’s playbook for so long.”