Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo has unveiled a new television ad featuring a hooded terrorist detonating a bomb inside a shopping mall. The ad sends a clear message he hopes will bring illegal immigration to the forefront of the campaign.
The ad has already drawn accusations of fear-mongering, and has upset several immigration reform groups, who have labeled the ad as “hateful”.
The 30-second spot, which began airing on cable television in Iowa, casts Tancredo as the only candidate brave enough to buck political convention and discuss the true threat of immigration terrorists crossing into the U.S.
It ends with the image of a backpack abandoned in a crowded mall, a black screen and the sound of a loud explosion.
The Tancredo ad begins with the image of a gloved hand jamming a bomb into a backpack. Then it follows a hooded figure, whose face cannot be seen, strolling through a mall as a narrator decries “20 million aliens who have come to take our jobs” and “Islamic terrorists who now freely roam U.S. soil.”
Footage of bombed-out trains and a boy bloodied in an overseas terrorist attack follow, then pictures of shoppers and a woman pushing a stroller through an airy mall. As the hooded figure leaves the backpack beside a bench and walks away, the narrator announces: “The price we pay for spineless politicians who refuse to defend our borders against those who come to kill.” Then the explosion sounds.
The ad appears to play off a report last week that Al Qaeda might target shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago this holiday season. Counter-terrorism officials have downplayed the warning, saying it was based on an uncorroborated report from a foreign intelligence source.