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

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"Democrats let him stay", the text on the screen continues.

The footage of Bracamontes, a Mexican immigrant who was deported but eventually returned to the country, is then interspersed with footage of the caravan of migrants making their way up through South America to seek asylum in the United States.

A new Trump campaign ad released online has been called "sickening" and "a new low in campaigning" by Republican Senator Jeff Flake, and is prompting headlines this morning including "Outrage erupts over Trump campaign ad blaming Democrats for immigrant who "killed our people" (USA Today), "Trump shocks with racist new ad days before midterms" (CNN) and "DNC chair blasts Trump ad as "fear mongering" ("Fox & Friends" via Fox News). It adds: "Democrats let him into our country..."

The survey was taken almost a week after former President Barack Obama took credit for the economic gains made during Trump's time in office.

Joining with her fellow conservative Washington Post colleague, Max Boot, Rubin said Trump and the complicit GOP members have given every Republican a reason to walk away from the party next Tuesday and vote for Democrats. The man also featured in a January video tied to the anniversary of Trump's January 20, 2017 inauguration.

That ad was part of a blitz by Mr Trump's campaign, and his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, did several interviews to promote it.

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Trump shared this frightening visual aid with his 55.5 million Twitter followers, along with the caption "Vote Republican now!" and in under 24 hours it had already been viewed nearly two million times.

The video is reminiscent of the infamous 1988 "Willie Horton" ad used against Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis and condemned as racist.

The Daily Beast reported that Bracamontes was deported to Mexico in 1997 under the Democratic administration of Bill Clinton.

Dukakis supported the furlough program. Thirty years later, critics say Trump is hoping the same sort of propaganda will work for him, although his approach is clearly not much better.

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

Douglas Brinkley, a history professor at Rice University pointed out during Lemon's show that while scare tactics worked for former President Bush, in the short term, it also compromised his legacy. The ad was widely criticised for emphasising that Horton was black.