Now, Luis Bracamontes' 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.
At that time, President George Bush had just begun his first term, and Bracamontes was again deported.
The incendiary ad released by President Trump showing a laughing illegal immigrant convicted of killing two cops falsely held the Democrats exclusively responsible for his presence in the USA, according to a report.
The 53-second spot includes expletives uttered by Bracamontes during his trial as he professed regret at not killing more officers.
It includes scenes of a migrant caravan moving toward the United States, warning ominously, "Who else would Democrats let in?" and suggesting that more violence would soon penetrate the border.
The video is being compared to one that was released by George Bush's campaign during the 1996 election, which was was said to have used racist imagery. The ad, which was financed by supporters of Bush's campaign focused on Horton, a convicted murderer, who was released on a weekend furlough program (which had been supported by Dukakis) and committed assault and rape while he was out.
But Bracamontes was first deported during the Clinton administration and later slipped back into the USA during the George W. Bush administration, according to federal documents obtained by the Sacramento Bee.
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Turkey is trying to extradite 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia so they can be tried in a Turkish court. He entered the consulate to sort out documents for his marriage to his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.
Writing in the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin scalded GOP leaders for standing by while President Donald Trump ramps up anti-immigrant hysteria and racism, before calling out the Fox News network for acting as his megaphone. The Trump campaign did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on the video.
Meanwhile, CNN reports that Republican Sen.
"This is a sickening ad. Republicans everywhere should denounce it", Arizona's Flake, a frequent critic of the president, tweeted.
"Who else would Democrats let in?" the text now asks while flashing back to Bracamontes' evil grin. "I hope this doesn't work".
Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called the new ad the "dog whistle of all dog whistles".
Even by 1980's standards the ad was considered offensive, but Ailes not only showed no remorse, according toRolling Stone, he once told a reporter, "The only question is whether we depict Willie Horton with a knife in his hand - or without it".
That video was timed to the one-year anniversary of Mr Trump's inauguration and meant to promote his immigration agenda.