Biden campaign uses Trump-Arpaio ‘kiss’ in digital ad targeting Latino voters

Donald Trump gave Democrats a golden moment when he kissed and then awkwardly embraced the former Maricopa County sheriff. Joe Arpaio close to his ear during a town hall-style event in Phoenix last week.

“I don’t kiss men, but I kissed him,” Trump said afterward.

THE Biden the campaign turned the kiss into a digital campaign advertising remind voters Arpaio’s history of racial profiling and misconduct, which many Latinos in the state remember like a period of fear.

In the ad, the Trump-Arpaio embrace plays on a loop at the bottom of the screen. At the top, a sequence of news clips is shown, beginning with Arpaio saying in an interview: “Well, you know, they call you KKK. They made me, I think it’s an honor, right?

Next are excerpts from local media reports about the tactics that led to legal problems for Arpaio. “Immigration raids in Latino neighborhoods, workplace raids and the alleged targeting of Latinos during traffic stops landed Arpaio in court,” a reporter says in the first clip.

Donald Trump holds out his hands (Jim Watson / AFP – Getty Images)

Two other clips present the viewer with allegations regarding the targeting of “brown-skinned” people, Arpaio’s conviction on criminal contempt of court for ignoring a judge’s order to stop targeting and detaining people based on their ethnicity, and Trump’s possible decision forgive d’Arpaio for this conviction.

The ad ends with the comment Trump made last Thursday at the podium about not kissing men.

The ad launched on Saturday, between Trump events in Arizona on Thursday and Nevada on Sunday, which aimed was in part to rally Latino supporters. The ad will run on social media platforms in those two states and in Pennsylvania, the Biden campaign said.

The kiss is an example of “Trump’s close, long-standing relationship with America’s most infamous sheriff, who dedicated his life and career to violating the civil rights and freedoms of Mexicans and Latinos in the Maricopa County,” the Biden campaign said in a statement. press release regarding the announcement.

“We had a real boundary with this guy. People said he was too tough. …Now they’re saying, ‘Where’s Sheriff Joe?'” Trump said at the Arizona town hall.

Arpaio has long been considered by critics as the face of racist and bigoted immigration policies, known for tactics including detaining immigrants in tent cities in the heat and forcing detained immigrant men to wear pink underwear. Arpaio’s actions and the 2010 state law, SB1070, which allowed police to question people about their citizenship and immigration status, helped mobilize Latino voters in recent elections, including in 2020, when Arizona voted for a Democrat for president for the first time since Bill Clinton in 1996.

“Hondling with the guy who illegally arrested and abused Mexicans and Latinos every chance he got should surprise no one – Trump has made attacking and slandering Latinos his political brand,” Biden campaign spokesperson Maca Casado said in a statement. “If Trump…

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