Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is borrowing a move from George H.W. Bush’s playbook to attack his son Jeb as being weak on illegal immigration.
In an ad that has drawn comparisons to the elder Bush’s Willie Horton ad, Trump released a video on Instagram Monday that played Jeb Bush’s speech about illegal aliens committing an “act of love” by coming to America, contrasted with pictures of illegals who have committed horrid crimes.
Willie Horton was serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for murder in Massachusetts. He was released on a weekend furlough program while Bush’s opponent in the 1988 race for president, Michael Dukakis, was governor of Massachusetts.
While on furlough, Horton committed a series of violent crimes that included robbery and rape before being recaptured. The Bush campaign seized the issues and slammed Dukakis with a barrage of ads about the case to make him look weak on crime.
In much the same way, the Trump campaign is using the cases of illegal alien violence and laying them at the feet of Jeb Bush asking if these violent acts are an “act of love.”
“Love?” the ad asks. “It’s time to get tough.”
Interestingly, hardcore liberals and liberal groups got on Twitter and slammed Trump for the attack on Bush.
Which makes one wonder why liberals are rushing to the defense of Bush.
Surprised it took this long for Trump to attack Jeb with a Willie Horton-style ad https://t.co/zYHQ0AqRYx
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) August 31, 2015
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) August 31, 2015
With Willie Horton-style attack ad, Donald Trump is playing up his nativist credentials for his supporters. http://t.co/Q1WYYFQe9u
— America’s Voice (@americasvoice) August 31, 2015
— The Progressive Mind (@Libertea2012) September 1, 2015
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) August 31, 2015
— Slate (@Slate) August 31, 2015
Trump runs a Willie Horton (Instagram) ad against Jeb Bush, with the Hispanic Menace replacing the Black Menace: https://t.co/Cr9yOGgMUV
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 31, 2015
Trump gives Jeb! the ‘Willie Horton’ treatment on immigration http://t.co/XnWKPWyADE
— Daily Kos (@dailykos) August 31, 2015
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