Donald Trump has a new ad out Monday morning, taking aim at Latino immigrants by giving the impression that they are all murderers. The ad is so ugly and fear-mongering it’s being dubbed a Willie Horton ad by the media.
The problem, according to Donald Trump, is that Jeb Bush loves too much. He needs to “forget love” and “get tough”.
The ethics of using individuals’ alleged criminal history to fear-monger with — the first man is only “charged” with a crime, not even convicted yet — are dubious at best. It’s certainly not good leadership for reasons that should be clear to everyone.
The ad is also utterly distorting Jeb Bush’s position. Bush simply pointed out that a lot of people who are crossing our borders illegally do so out of love for their family.
What Jeb Bush said:
JEB BUSH: There should be penalties for breaking the law. But, the way I look at this, and this is not, you know — I’m going to say this, and it will be on tape, and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their family’s dad who loves their children was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table, and they wanted to make sure their family was intact. And they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family.
Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s kind of — it’s a, it’s an act of love. It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that should be, there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t be — it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families. And the idea that we’re not going to fix this but with with comprehensive reform ends up trapping these people, when they could make a great contribution for their own their families but also for us.
Lack of facts has never stopped Trump before, but this level of overt Republican racism has not been on display since the original Willie Horton ad in 1988.
Video of Willie Horton ad:
On the surface, Trump’s ad is targeting Jeb Bush, but the message of the ad is that Latino immigrants are murderers. The video is racially divisive fear mongering at its worst.
Donald Trump is not only destroying Jeb Bush. He is taking down the Republican Party, and handing the White House to Democrats in 2016.