GOP chairwoman pushes back on criticism of incendiary ad: 'The point is the president’s a problem solver'

GOP chairwoman pushes back on criticism of incendiary ad: 'The point is the president’s a problem solver'
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Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Sunday she disagrees with critics who have blasted a campaign ad President TrumpDonald TrumpRealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Jake Ellzey defeats Trump-backed candidate in Texas House runoff DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's Capitol riot lawsuit MORE shared on social media that ties Democrats to a Mexican man who killed two police officers in 2014.

"I think the point is the president’s a problem solver," McDaniel said on CBS's "Face the Nation" when asked about the message of the ad.

"We have this caravan headed towards our country, we have an immigration policy that is not working for country, and it’s time once and for all for Democrats and Republicans to work together to solve our immigration problem," she said.


McDaniel dodged questions about whether she was proud of the incendiary ad, instead emphasizing the need for stricter immigration laws.

Faced with criticisms from prominent Republicans like Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots MORE (Ariz.) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, McDaniel said she disagreed with descriptions of the ad as "sickening" or that it mischaracterized entire populations based on the actions of one man.

"I disagree with that assessment," she said. "I think the ad is highlighting that one individual got through the cracks and killed cops. That should make very American upset and we need to fix our immigration system and the president's leading the way."

The video, which Trump tweeted out last Wednesday, depicts Luis Bracamontes, a deported Mexican immigrant who returned to the U.S. and killed two police officers in 2014, bragging in court about killing the officers.

The ad also flashes images of the migrant caravan of Central American asylum-seekers, with a narrator asking, "Who else would Democrats let in?"

Critics condemned the ad as racist, saying Trump was attempting to conflate the actions of one individual with those of all immigrants trying to enter the country.

The Sacramento Bee reported that Bracamontes returned to the U.S. during the George W. Bush administration after being deported twice.

Trump has ratcheted up his rhetoric in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's midterms, seizing on a caravan of Central American migrants that is hundreds of miles away from the U.S. border. He has claimed that the group is filled with "criminals," and "thugs," despite providing no proof for his claims.