Donald Trump is being heavily criticised for tweeting out a "racist" video

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Ahead of the midterm elections, President Donald Trump is tweeting a video alleging Democrats were responsible for allowing a convicted cop killer into the U.S. But he's providing no evidence supporting his claim.

TV news outlets spent last night and this morning comparing the video to one used so effectively in 1988 by George H.W. Bush's camp to kneecap Dem presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.

The man in question is Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported Mexican immigrant who was given the death penalty earlier this year for slaying two California law enforcement officers back in 2014, according to the Sacramento Bee.

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. "This ad, and your full approval of it, will condemn you and your bigoted legacy forever in the annals of America's history books".

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.

By 2002, he traveled back to the US and married an American citizen, staying in the country.

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Bracamontes' expletive-filled rant about killing police officers also appeared in a little-noticed January 2018 Trump campaign ad.

And on May 4, 2001, he was arrested on marijuana charges in Arizona's Maricopa County and deported three days later - when Republican George W. Bush was president.

An official with the Republican National Committee told ABC News that the video was produced for the Trump campaign but was not a paid ad.

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

As for the new video, though, the campaign was silent Thursday and Parscale did not respond to requests for comment.

See Ad Age's coverage at the time: "Watch: Disturbing Trump Ad Calls Dems "Complicit" in Murders Committed by Illegal Immigrants." He then reportedly returned to the USA in 2001, was deported, then returned again in 2002, all during Republican George W. Bush's administration. The ad was widely criticised for emphasising that Horton was black.