Former Florida GOP chairman Al Cardenas slams Donald Trump as a “despicable divider” and the “worse social poison to afflict our country” over his racist campaign ad targeting brown migrants as murderers.
Cardenas tweeted: “You are a despicable divider; the worse social poison to afflict our country in decades. This ad, and your full approval of it, will condemn you and your bigoted legacy forever in the annals of America’s history books.”
You are a despicable divider; the worse social poison to afflict our country in decades. This ad, and your full approval of it, will condemn you and your bigoted legacy forever in the annals of America’s history books https://t.co/eLYH33HEeP
— Al Cardenas (@AlCardenasFL_DC) November 1, 2018
Trump tried to pull a Willie Horton with the ad portraying Central American migrants as thugs who the Democrats are allowing to invade our country. If you ask me, Trump’s ad is a lot worse than the fearmongering in the 1988 Willie Horton ad, plus he tweeted it from his own Twitter account, a stark contrast to George H. W. Bush, who tried to distance himself from the ad because it was racist. The ad wasn’t actually put out by Bush but was outsourced to a third party. This is coming from Trump’s Twitter feed.
Trump tried the same type of racist attack on Latino voters in the Virginia governor’s race by portraying them as MS-13 gang members, while defending Confederate statues. Well, that backfired big time as Democrat Ralph Northam routed Ed Gillespie for the win.
Willie Horton is trending on Twitter:
as you recall, Bush campaign distanced itself from the Willie Horton TV ad
this is coming directly from the President of the United States
from dog whistle to guttural scream https://t.co/a5UOILF5KK
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 31, 2018
It’s widely acknowledged now that the Willie Horton ad in ’88 was racist, but not in coverage at the time. So it’s striking to see this headline in the moment. It’s easy to call it out in hindsight; less so in the present, which is what campaigns count on. https://t.co/ZTKSbJ45P2
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) November 1, 2018
If the problem is illegal immigrants and not immigrants in general, why is the President sending 15,000 troops to pick on the hundreds of women and children LEGALLY seeking asylum? Why doesn’t he talk about efforts to deal with people overstaying visas? HATE
Willie Horton Lives
— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) November 1, 2018
For those of you who don't remember, here are the 1988 ads and some supporting interviews, all taken from the outstanding documentary "Boogie Man" about GOP strategist Lee Atwater: https://t.co/ZyJO2WT4p6
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) November 1, 2018