On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump unveiled a new Republican campaign ad that many accuse of being blatantly racist fearmongering. The President posted the ad to his Twitter account.
Despite statistical evidence that undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes and fewer violent crimes than natural born citizens in the United States, Trump continued to portray Latin American immigrants as violent threats to the US and blamed Democrats for any violence by immigrants.
The ad comes shortly after three conservative US citizens murdered 13 people with hate crimes targeting African Americans in Kentucky and Jews in Pennsylvania and another Republican citizen—labeled the MAGAbomber for his idolization of Trump and the GOP—sent a series of pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics the President targeted.
None of the three had ties to Latin America.
Trump captioned the ad:
“It is outrageous what the Democrats are doing to our Country. Vote Republican now! Vote.GOP”
Watch the ad here.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2018
But not everyone in the GOP is applauding the new ad campaign.
According to Jake Tapper, Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona who chose to retire rather than seek reelection commented:
“This is just a new low in campaigning. It’s sickening.”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 31, 2018
The retiring GOP Senator was far from alone in his sentiments. Many online denounced the President’s post and called for people to show their disagreement with Trump’s tactics at the polls during the midterm elections on November 6.
Some in media said today that in closing days of campaign “Trump is pushing immigration.” No, let’s be clear: Trump is pushing hate.
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) November 1, 2018
I am looking at this positively bc I think most americans don’t fall for this fear mongering BS. I think this will backfire for the GOP on Tuesday.
Sure hope I’m right Dean
— JDP (@petee224) November 1, 2018
I think the exact opposite. There are millions who will believe anything their orange overlord & the Grand Old Propaganda party tells them. We need all those who see through the fear campaigns to vote as if their life depended on it – because it does.
— Komb4thestormbreaker (@dak0mish) November 1, 2018
yes, those millions definitely will fall for it. but they are not the majority, not even close. it is all about the numbers bc there are more of us than them, but they always vote. if we get our peeps to the polls, we can do this.
gonna be a long 5 days that’s for sure.
— JDP (@petee224) November 1, 2018
As for those who aided this monster in his hate propaganda campaign, who enabled him to prey on racist fears to fabricate a national emergency, an “invasion”, who said to themselves, “This is the play”
Every single one of them bears some responsibility for what followed.
— Sarah💦 (@Sarah_SKG_1983) November 1, 2018
This video smells of this guy right here👇🏻👇🏻Has is name written all over it pic.twitter.com/krZaQTIegn
— Trek3871🖖🏻💫 (@Trek3871D) November 1, 2018
People also fact checked the President.
I really don’t understand what Trump means when he says that Democrats let him in – he was deported twice; is Trump going to guarantee that anyone entering the country illegally during his term will not kill anybody, and accept responsibility if they do? It’s absurd.
— James Miller (@james_in_snow) November 1, 2018
Took the words right out of my mouth. So the Democratic Party was standing at the border and opened the door for the guy. So in retrospect Republicans are responsible for mass shootings but of their unwillingness to vote on gun control.
— Kevin Schneider (@KSchneiderJR) November 1, 2018
He was here a decade before the crime, which means he came back in under W’s watch.
— tommy (@n2play) November 1, 2018
— Carlos Torres (@carlost20267803) November 1, 2018
However people had harsh words for Senator Flake as well.