Cop-killing immigrant also entered U.S. during Bush's presidency

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"Vote Republican now", appears at the top of the ad Trump tweeted Wednesday. "Democrats let him stay".

Unlike typical political ads, nowhere in this video does the president declare who paid for it. Campaign finance experts said that by limiting it to his social media feed, Trump has found a gap in campaign finance laws that are meant to let voters know who sponsors the messages they see.

The video shows a Latino man in court, smiling menacingly.

In the waning days before the midterm elections, Trump tweeted the 53-second ad that features Luis Bracamontes hurling profanities while on trial in Sacramento, Calif.

Luis Bracamontes, now on death row at San Quentin for killing a California sheriff's deputy and detective in 2014, is featured in the fearmongering video that critics are comparing to the notoriously racist "Wille Horton" ad attacking Michael Dukakis during his Democratic run for the presidency in 1988.

Trump shared this frightening visual aid with his 55.5 million Twitter followers, along with the caption "Vote Republican now!" and in under 24 hours it had already been viewed nearly two million times.

The whole advert centered around William Horton, an African American man who in 1987, raped a white woman and stabbed her white fiancé, after he was released on a weekend furlough from the MA prison where he was serving his life sentence. As Massachusetts governor, Dukakis supported the furlough program.

"Who else would the Democrats allow in?" the ad asks, before promising that Trump and the Republicans are "making America safe again".

Bracamontes' expletive-filled rant about killing police officers also appeared in a little-noticed January 2018 Trump campaign ad. Dukakis went on to lose to Republican George H.W. Bush. He then reportedly returned to the U.S. in 2001, was deported, then returned again in 2002, all during Republican George W. Bush's administration.

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called the new ad the "dog whistle of all dog whistles". The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"This is distracting, divisive Donald at his worst", Perez said on CNN.

The video stood in stark contrast to an ad circulated by the Trump campaign earlier in the week that highlighted rosy economic numbers and depicted gauzy scenes of American suburban life.

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