Trump Can’t Say That! Or Can He?

This ad is already causing some panty-wetting among the social justice warriors:

Trump’s nasty “Act Of Love” ad is pretty much Willie Horton 2, Electric Boogaloo. I suppose you could say that Jeb deserves it, since his dad gave us the Willie Horton ads.


Deplorable Donald Trump Goes Full Racist With Willie Horton Style Ad Attacking Latinos

Donald Trump has a new ad out Monday morning, taking aim at Latino immigrants by giving the impression that they are all murderers. The ad is so ugly and fear-mongering it’s being dubbed a Willie Horton ad by the media.

Poor, misunderstood Willie Horton. Why does everyone pick on him?

(102509) This is an undated file photo of convicted murderer William 'Willie' Horton Jr. who was ussed as a weapon against Gov. Michael S. Dukakis in the 1988 presidential campaign.

(102509) This is an undated file photo of convicted murderer William ‘Willie’ Horton Jr. who was ussed as a weapon against Gov. Michael S. Dukakis in the 1988 presidential campaign.

William R. “Willie” Horton (born August 12, 1951) is an American convicted felon who, while serving a life sentence for murder (without the possibility of parole),[1] was the beneficiary of a Massachusetts weekend furlough program. He did not return from his furlough, and ultimately he committed assault, armed robbery and rape.


On October 26, 1974, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Horton and two accomplices robbed Joseph Fournier, a 17-year-old gas station attendant, and then fatally stabbed him 19 times after he had cooperated by handing over all of the money in the cash register. His body was dumped in a trash can. Fournier died from blood loss.[2] Horton was convicted of murder, sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, and incarcerated at the Northeastern Correctional Center in Massachusetts.[3]

On June 6, 1986, he was released as part of a weekend furlough program but did not return. On April 3, 1987 in Oxon Hill, Maryland, Horton twice raped a local woman after pistol-whipping, knifing, binding, and gagging her fiancé. He then stole the car belonging to the man he had assaulted. He was later shot and captured by Corporal Yusuf Muhammad (formerly named Joseph Bell) of the Prince George’s County Police Department after a pursuit. On October 20, Horton was sentenced in Maryland to two consecutive life terms plus 85 years. The sentencing judge, Vincent J. Femia, refused to return Horton to Massachusetts, saying, “I’m not prepared to take the chance that Mr. Horton might again be furloughed or otherwise released. This man should never draw a breath of free air again.”[4]

On April 18, 1996, Horton was transferred to the Jessup Correctional Institution (then called the Maryland House of Correction Annex), a maximum security prison in Jessup, Maryland, where he remains.[5]

Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis was the governor of Massachusetts at the time of Horton’s release, and while he did not start the furlough program, he had supported it as a method of criminal rehabilitation. The state inmate furlough program, originally signed into law by Republican Governor Francis W. Sargent in 1972, excluded convicted first-degree murderers. However, in 1973, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that this right extended to first-degree murderers, because the law specifically did not exclude them.[6][7] The Massachusetts legislature quickly passed a bill prohibiting furloughs for such inmates. However, in 1976, Dukakis vetoed this bill arguing it would “cut the heart out of efforts at inmate rehabilitation.”[8] The program remained in effect through the intervening term of governor Edward J. King and was abolished during Dukakis’ final term of office on April 28, 1988. This abolition occurred only after the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune had run 175 stories about the furlough program and won a Pulitzer Prize.[9]


Beginning on September 21, 1988, the Americans for Bush arm of the National Security Political Action Committee (NSPAC), under the auspices of Floyd Brown, began running a campaign ad entitled “Weekend Passes”, using the Horton case to attack Dukakis. The ad was produced by media consultant Larry McCarthy, who had previously worked for Roger Ailes. After clearing the ad with television stations, McCarthy added a menacing mug shot of Horton, who is African American.[14] The ad was run as an independent expenditure, separate from the Bush campaign, which claimed not to have had any role in its production.[15] The ad referred to Horton as “Willie”, although he later said he had always gone by William.[16]

On October 5, 1988, a day after the “Weekend Passes” ad was taken off the airwaves, was the date of the Bentsen-Quayle debate, the Bush campaign ran its own ad, “Revolving Door”, which also attacked Dukakis over the weekend furlough program. While the advertisement did not mention Horton or feature his photograph, it depicted a variety of intimidating-looking men walking in and out of prison through a revolving door.[17]

Attempting to counter-attack, Dukakis’ campaign ran an ad about a convicted heroin dealer named Angel Medrano who raped and killed a pregnant mother of two after escaping from a federal correctional halfway house.[18] The controversy escalated when Vice Presidential candidate Lloyd Bentsen and former Democratic presidential candidate and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson called the “Revolving Door” ad racist[19] – a charge which was denied by Bush.[18]

The ad caused quite a stir, but it is impossible to determine how effective it was. It was only one of many campaign issues that year. Dukakis lost badly in the November election.

The conventional wisdom is that such ads are racist. This is the same conventional wisdom that says showing actual pictures of honor students like Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown in “thug life” poses is racist.

BTW – Al Gore first brought up Willie Horton in the 1988 primary.

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80 Responses to Trump Can’t Say That! Or Can He?

  1. Venus says:

    Jeb!’s “it’s not a felony it’s an act of love” statement is so stupid, he gets what he deserves.

    And it’s not an attack on Latino immigrants — it’s an attack on Jeb! and his stupid statement.
    Furthermore, not all illegals are Latino — thinking they are is what is racist, lefties.

  2. lyn says:

    It’s a good ad–short and sweet.

  3. mcnorman says:

    Wow, talk about hurling and chunking. Poor lefty babies, it’s coming out of both ends.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    More bad news for the Dems, rejected by BLM …. ouchies.

    • lyn says:

      LOL. Pass the popcorn and put butter on it!

      • swanspirit says:

        I put some Old Bay seasoning on my popcorn along with the butter; since I am watching from Maryland, the current home of Willie Horton.
        I am enjoying The Donald way too much. And I am sure good ol’
        Press 2 for English Jeb, isn’t

    • lizzy says:

      Who’s their daddy if they kick the dems to the curb? Their protection just might go away. I would certainly support arrest and long prison terms for riot, anarchy arson, murder all the other nasty stuff they advocate.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      I must have missed something. When did BLM organize and select a spokesperson?

  5. Myiq2xu says:

    • lyn says:

      I told Jeb to give it up.

    • DeniseVB says:

      JEB! really doesn’t understand business does he ? The Donald has always donated (cough, bought, cough) politicians and readily admits it. It’s what makes his not taking donations on that level so damn spectacular.

      Don’t make me repeat the Pat Robertson story about him donating money to all the Virginia reps and receiving millions in return for his CBN and Regent U. You’re welcome taxpayers. 😉

  6. Dora says:

    Congratulations Donald! Trump Int’l Golf Links in Aberdeen, Scotland has received a five star award!

    Top Trumps!
    Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire has scooped VisitScotland’s highest Quality Assurance (QA) award.

  7. elliesmom says:

    Mike Dukakis deserved being drawn and quartered for supporting a bill that allowed convicted felons, no matter what their crime, out on furloughs. It’s one thing to let someone who was incarcerated for a drug crime some time to gradually work his way back into society, but quite another to let murderers and rapists take a vacation from their prison cells. His wife, Kitty, suffered from mental illness. She was beloved as Massachusetts’ First Lady, and while her alcoholism and serious depression were well-known, until her husband’s presidential ambitions threw her to the wolves, her privacy was pretty well-respected. I’ve always thought Mike Dukakis must be a very cold and uncaring person to do that to such a gracious lady so it never rang true that he supported furloughs because he was kind and caring and thought criminals, even murderers, deserved compassion.

    • Venus says:

      Thank you — the furlough program for *all* regardless of crime was idiotic and Dukakis deserved to lose the presidential race because of it.
      Screaming “racist” about the the Willie Horton ad doesn’t change that fact.

  8. leslie says:

    The CBS news in Chicago just announced the bronco bamas will not return to live in Chicago after the 2nd term ends. Halleluia!!!
    If true . . . At least 1 of my prayers has been answered. I Can Breathe again.

    • leslie says:

      twitter link:

    • DeniseVB says:

      So who does own that nice Chicago house they abandoned in 2008 ? I heard it was a syndicate, and not the Obamas in the first place. Makes sense, since the O’s would have had to been paying mortgage, taxes and other upkeep all this time. (Ok, so if they’ve claimed deductions on their taxes every year, phfffft, who at the IRS is going to question that?)

      I have a feeling Malia’s going to NYU which has a good film school. MO always said they’d stay in DC til Sasha finishes high school then recently changed that to “we’re leaving the decision up to Sasha”. If MO wants to carpetbag a run for the Senate from NY, shouldn’t they be BUYING a residence by Nov to qualify her? Or did Hills change that to a 30 day ruling 😉

      • leslie says:

        After she carpetbags her way into the senate, she can run for the WH. By that time, she’ll be old, and I’ll be dead and won’t give a damn.

      • elliesmom says:

        Do you really think MO is going to run for the senate? I don’t see it. There’s no way the current narcissist-in-chief would play “First Gentleman” in his wife’s presidency. and if they divorced, she’d lose a lot of support. Being a senator wouldn’t be nearly as much fun as traipsing around the country as a highly-paid motivational speaker. If she wasn’t going to use the senate as a stepping stone back to the White House, it’s a dead end job. She can make as much in one 30 minute speech as a whole year’s senate salary, and becoming a senator wouldn’t up her speaking fees. I think she’ll sit on a couple of boards and make enough speeches to support her lifestyle. The interesting thing will be if her current “friends” hang around when she’s not First Lady any longer. Like they say on Project Runway, “One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.”

        • Myiq2xu says:

          I doubt they’ll be together very often after he leaves office. And by “together” I mean “in the same area code”.

          • DeniseVB says:

            From the rumor mill, they were on the cusp of a divorce before he ran for the Senate, and the She Queen was rewarded to hang in there. So much pitter-patter on this couple’s history, sorry you don’t allow Beckwith’s (test, 😉 )

        • DeniseVB says:

          em, I have tinfoil wrapped so tightly around my head, I just don’t trust the Obamas NOT to pull off the ultimate gotchas. MO is NO HRC. Hill pulled off the NY Senate seat because she was still well liked, as was Bill. Hill served a full Senate term then got re-elected, then ran for Pres. I just don’t see MO pulling that off.

          • lizzy says:

            At this time both NYsenators seem pretty well entrenched. One of them would have to leave for a seat to be open.

      • cynic says:

        I thought that they would come back to Chicago so that MO could run for Dick Durbin’s senate seat, when he retires.

        • leslie says:

          I think MO sees Chicago as “flyover central” and it just isn’t sophisticated enough for her. After all, she is a world traveler now. Bronco has often spoken about feeling he was “at risk” of being shot or arrested for breathing/driving/getting gas//walking/biking “black” here. He must recognize that he has let down the AA community so badly, he isn’t going to be the idle, idol in chief once he leaves DC.
          Frankly, I don’t care where they settle – as long as it isn’t anywhere near me (area code, zip code, latitude/longitude).

  9. Myiq2xu says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      Ramos has turned into the Deray of journalism. I had to throw cold water on my extended (grandbaby daddy’s) family from Honduras, which Google translator is useless for. Somehow the “Spanish” comes out to “those peaches up your nose look lovely”. Well, something like that. I stopped trying after sending condolences to an elderly family death in the family translated to “your grandmother wears meatballs well, with love and pustules”.

  10. Dora says:

    MSNBC Guest: Hillary ‘Is On A Trajectory That Is Dramatically Downward’ [VIDEO]

  11. leslie says:

    This is an awesome Vine. I hope it translates to TCH:

  12. helenk3 says:

    hiliary shared an email network with the clinton foundation.

    no way in hell did she not know this was wrong

    • Dora says:

      I was just going to post that story, but you beat me. 🙂 Sounds pretty bad to me. I’m having an awfully hard time understanding why Hillary is still considered to be the best candidate and has so many loyal supporters. Don’t they care?

    • DeniseVB says:

      I would really like to hear from our Hillary supporting lurkers to ‘splain why she’s so far above the law ?

      I was a lowly GS entry level at one time which required only a TS clearance because our “data entry” in the late 60’s was super secret and stuff. A courier would pick up our punch cards to deliver them right to the Pentagon by midnight from the Norfolk Naval Base. That one year, I punched in Merry Christmas on the last card, well, since it was Christmas Eve and all. Oh. My. God. Did I get in trouble for that ! It caused a breach alert and my being called on the carpet the day after Christmas, didn’t lose my job, but I KNEW then I could never run for President 😉

      • elliesmom says:

        I worked for the ROTC as a records clerk. Because I handled student records, I needed a “Confidential” clearance. I wasn’t even allowed to answer questions about who was enrolled if one of the guys used ROTC as a reference on a job app without the kid’s written approval and certification by the Colonel. But I did order ammunition for a field weekend and signed the requisition “Mickey Mouse” because I was the only one in the office and there was time issue. The bullets arrived on time, and nobody ever questioned it. The Colonel thought it was funny. The Master Sergeant not so much.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Kinda hard to blame it on ignorance or incompetence (the “dumb blonde” defense) when your campaign says you are the most informed and most competent candidate ever.

  13. Myiq2xu says:
  14. Myiq2xu says:

    Except that’s not what Ted said.

  15. votermom says:

  16. mothy67 says:

    I have the utmost respect for those of you who opt for careers in social services, but some times enough is enough. My parents are on three years of a court case I do not care about adults that have kids. I hate feeling callous but want to scream grow up.

    • leslie says:

      It has to be the MOST frustrating and terrible thing to experience. Sometimes even the social service people feel the same way are unable to do what makes sense due to where they work and the mission of the agency, and the regs of the state.
      I wonder if Lola has some insights for you. My experience is in the area of mental health and believe me, I understand your current feelings.

  17. DeniseVB says:

    Whut ? Whut?

  18. NewOrleans says:

    I am absolutely LOVING people like Trump saying just what the hell they want – political correctness be damned! It’s been far too long.

    George Zimmerman isn’t shying away from his detractors on Twitter:

  19. elliesmom says:

    While I’ve been banned from commenting there, I still visit the small blogs started by some of our former travelers in the 2008 elections occasionally. I’m really surprised so many of them think the DNC is entirely behind HRC in 2016 and will use the same shenanigans they used to drag Obama over the finish line if HRC needs a boost. First, I’m surprised (cough, cough) it’s OK with them as long as it benefits their candidate. Secondly, have they never heard of Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the football?

  20. DeniseVB says:

    I just put an open thread in the barn scheduled for zero dark thirty eastern, maybe western too 😉 It’s really early. Bring your tin foil, it’s Tuesday!

  21. leslie says:

    I just heard this on a news alert: Another LEO has been shot. This time near Atlanta.

  22. mothy67 says:

    I had my 100th day in court today. Family court can be awful. I just have the most annoying best friend ever. When she was three I was accused of inappropriate behavior. I knew I was innocent but spent a month in a trailer. I said do what you want. I sas then 45 and all I had was legal adult gay porn. I let people rip through my life. I was embarrassed because of gay porn but I knew I had broken no laws. They treated me like shit. I never hurt my brat. Three seeks I was treated like a pedophile with no charge. They were going to a vaginal exam. I subhuman being I am cofessed to every unsolved murder ever. No please don’t hurt her. I was crying like a baby confessing to being Jack the Rippet when they let my brat in. I would have gone to jail for my crud. I do not like her. Annoying. She is so awful today is her birthday. I. was going to pay for her to go to CLO. Her dad gets to see her so ruled out. I said babe what do you want. I hD about 700 set aside. She said a new TV big ole monster is embarrassing. I think that is great. Old TV is a monster I was just waiting for it to die. I asked do you feel the same about me. She laughed and said you know you are a freak. LOVE her.o

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