CNN’s New Day Says New Trump Ad Smacks of Willie Horton: ‘Roger Ailes Haunts Our Politics Still’
CNN’s New Day condemned President Donald Trump‘s latest campaign video, posted to Twitter, which imagines an invasion of Central American migrants intent on bringing violent crime to the United States.
On Thursday, New Day host Alisyn Camerota pointed out the video is reminiscent of the Willie Horton ad run by George H.W. Bush‘s 1988 campaign — and ad for which former Fox News chief Roger Ailes was an adviser.
“Roger Ailes casts a long shadow still,” Camerota said. “Roger Ailes has died, but he was the mastermind behind Willy Horton and his acolytes are in the White House, and here we are again.”
“It’s Halloween and the Day of the Dead, and the ghost of Roger Ailes haunts our politics still,” CNN senior political analyst John Avlon said. “Positive polarization being that play that he infused the Republican Party with and his own network with.”
“It’s worth remembering, to that extent, that Lee Atwater apologized for the Willie Horton ad as he was dying,” Avlon pointed out. “The legacy of these sorts of ads and political plays are not good. They bring shame to the candidate and the people who worked on them.”
Avlon said the add is “designed to divide and inflame the base,” adding it’s a “new low.”
“It’s a video designed to have people fight about it on TV,” host John Berman said. “Period, full stop.”
“Also to scare people,” Camerota said.
Watch above, via CNN.
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