The former chairman of the Florida Republican Party on Thursday issued a scathing rebuke of President Trump, calling him “despicable” and “social poison.”
Al Cardenas, a frequent Trump critic, tweeted his comment in response to the president’s new campaign ad on immigration.
“You are a despicable divider; the worse social poison to afflict our country in decades,” Cardenas tweeted in a post that has since been deleted. “This ad, and your full approval of it, will condemn you and your bigoted legacy forever in the annals of America’s history books.”
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The campaign ad that Cardenas referred to in his tweet features clips from the expletive-laden trial of Luis Bracamontes, a deported Mexican man who returned to the U.S. and killed two sheriff’s deputies in 2014. It also shows sometimes violent footage of crowds of migrants.
“Democrats let him stay … Who else would Democrats let in?” the ad asks.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez blasted the ad in an interview on Wednesday, calling it the “dog-whistle of all dog-whistles.”
Cardenas, a lawyer and lobbyist who also served as a political appointee in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations and as chairman of the American Conservative Union, was a top adviser to Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign.
Cardenas is considered one of the most influential Latino Republicans.