Trump Uses Racism Against Mexicans To Settle Scores With Bush

Donald Trump released this video via social media criticizing Jeb Bush for an old comment he made referring to undocumented immigrants' move to the U.S.


This is no "act of love" as Jeb Bush said...

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The well-documented and never-ending feud between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush reached a new low this week.

Trump initiated the attack on Instagram in a new campaign video, blasting his opponent for an old comment in which Bush said undocumented immigrants come to the United States out of “an act of love.”

“The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, they come to our country because their families – the dad who loved their children – was worried that their children didn’t have food on the table," Bush said at the time. "And they wanted to make sure their family was intact, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family."

Trump bashing Bush for his supposed lenient stance on illegal immigration is not the only controversial thing about the Instagram post in question.

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The video contains a racist message that portrays Mexican immigrants as criminals. Trump used images of three undocumented men who were charged with murder this year. 

It is reminiscent of the infamous “Willie Horton” attack ad that George H.W. Bush supporters used to help Jeb’s father defeat Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis in the 1988 general election. Dukakis was accused of being on crime because he supported a state program that allowed weekend passes for prisoners. (Horton, an African-American man who was a convicted felon serving a life sentence in Massachusetts, raped a woman while out on a furlough.)

While the ad was credited with denting Dukakis’ presidential run, critics slammed it for exploiting racist sentiments.

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Bush responded to Instagram video by saying it was Trump who was soft on crime, highlighting his support to legalize drugs in 1990 in order to fight rising crime rates.

While the feud between the two candidates is nothing new, the disturbing use of racism by Trump is just appalling.

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