President Donald Trump has pushed the boundaries of campaign finance rules with a controversial new video that accuses Democrats of blindly opening USA borders to undocumented immigrants, even those who kill police officers.
Critics blasted the president for releasing the spot and compared it to the blatantly racist "Willie Horton ad" that George H.W. Bush's campaign used in 1988 against Democratic candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.
The ad includes footage of Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican man who entered the USA illegally and killed two police officers in Sacramento in 2014, despite having been deported twice before.
Then, the ad cuts to a video of a large group of people holding Honduran flags marching through streets, then the unknown people trying to break down a fence, and finally, a Fox News interview with a man that's part of the migrant caravan headed toward the United States.
Horton, who was African-American, raped a woman after he was released on a weekend furlough from a MA prison where he was serving a life sentence in 1987.
Democrats and Republicans have denounced the video as a racist campaign tactic.
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It then shows the words: "Who else would Democrats let in?" flash across the screen.
Some Republican operatives worry that President Donald Trump's recent immigration crusade, while red meat to his base, is alienating suburban women and other swing voters absolutely crucial to the GOP retaining control of the House.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez characterised the ad as "distracting, divisive Donald at his worst". Conservative commentator Scott Jennings also admitted to Cuomo that he wasn't surprised by the depravity of the ad, stating, "I don't see anything in this video that I haven't heard from the President consistently for the past couple of years".
Bracamontes' expletive-filled rant about killing police officers also appeared in a little-noticed January 2018 Trump campaign ad.
Bracamontes was in the country illegally at the time of the shooting.
The video tweeted by Mr Trump did not immediately appear to be running on television - it has a runtime longer than most TV ads - although it received extensive coverage on cable news networks. Retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake called it "sickening". The ad was widely criticised for emphasising that Horton was black.