Video of cop killer lat­est Trump cam­paign push

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WASH­ING­TON » The wi­d­ows of two po­lice of­fi­cers the Mex­i­can im­mi­grant mur­dered were in­vited to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s 2017 ad­dress to Congress. The con­ser­va­tive Bre­it­bart News faith­fully chron­i­cled his con­vic­tion and death sen­tence. His snarling, ex­ple­tive-filled rant about killing po­lice of­fi­cers ap­peared in a lit­tleno­ticed Jan­uary 2018 Trump cam­paign ad.

Now, Luis Bra cam ont es’ men­ac­ing smile has abruptly taken a cen­tral role in Trump’s clos­ing midterm elec­tion ar­gu­ment about im­mi­gra­tion as the pres­i­dent tweeted out a video of the Latino man’s court­room ap­pear­ance in what was im­me­di­ately de­nounced by some Democrats and Repub­li­cans as a racist cam­paign tac­tic.

Bra­ca­montes, an im­mi­grant liv­ing in the U.S. il­le­gally, sports a shaved head and long chin hair and speaks in ac­cented English in the video, and his words are clear: He’s killed cops and he’s “gonna kill more cops soon.”

The video , which Trump tweeted late Wednes­day, al­leges with­out ev­i­dence that Democrats were re­spon­si­ble for al­low­ing Bra­ca­montes into the U.S. It comes amid a frenzy of hard­line im­mi­gra­tion pro­pos­als pushed out by Trump in the fi­nal stages of the cam­paign, in­clud­ing send­ing troops to the border and re­vok­ing birthright cit­i­zen­ship.

“This is a sick­en­ing ad. Repub­li­cans ev­ery­where should de­nounce it,” said Repub­li­can Sen. Jeff Flake of Ari­zona, a fre­quent Trump critic. And Rep. Car­los Curbelo, R-Fla., seek­ing re- elec­tion, said he’d not seen the video but crit­i­cized Trump’s use of it.

“I can tell you that it’s def­i­nitely part of a di­vide-and-con­quer strat­egy that a lot of politi­cians, in­clud­ing the pres­i­dent, have used suc­cess­fully in the past,” Curbelo said Thurs­day on CNN. “I hope this doesn’t work.”

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