Monday, November 05, 2018
President Trump's more sophisticated supporters in places such as Washington and New York claim that his presidency is a raging success because he has appointed conservative judges, cut taxes and turbocharged the economy. Trump himself evidently disagrees, because he is not running the midterm campaign based on his supposed achievements. Instead, Trump and his fellow Republicans are closing the election with the most naked appeal to racial prejudice since the dark days of Jim Crow when Democrats in the South would compete to display their fervor for segregation. On Halloween, the Trump campaign released a commercial featuring a cop-killing undocumented immigrant named Luis Bracamontes. It has been compared to the 1988 Willie Horton ad. But that is unfair. This is much worse.
"Democrats let him into our country," the ad says. "Democrats let him stay." Actually, Bracamontes entered the United States when George W. Bush was president, and he was arrested and released by Trump's favorite sheriff, Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz.
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