Former President Donald Trump has come under fire for his comments during an interview where he used the phrase “poisoning the blood of our country” in reference to migrants.
The controversial statement has ignited accusations of racism and xenophobia, drawing sharp rebukes and reigniting the debate over immigration policies in the United States.
CNN reported on Saturday, October 7 that in the interview with The National Pulse, a right-leaning website, Trump expressed his concerns about illegal immigration, claiming that migrants were bringing diseases into the country.
He stated, “It’s poisoning the blood of our country. It’s so bad, and people are coming in with disease. People are coming in with every possible thing that you could have.”
These comments immediately drew condemnation from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), with CEO Jonathan Greenblatt denouncing them as “racist, xenophobic, and despicable.”
Greenblatt highlighted the potential for such rhetoric to incite real-world violence, citing previous instances where mass shooters used similar language.
The ADL’s criticism also drew attention to the historical connotations of Trump’s choice of words, as Adolph Hitler had used the concept of blood “poisoning” in his writings.
Trump’s campaign, however, dismissed the outrage as “non-sensical” and described the phrase as “normal.”
Illegal immigration remains a contentious issue in American politics, with Mexico’s president reporting a daily influx of over 10,000 migrants at the border.
President Biden is now under pressure to address the situation and has announced the resumption of border wall construction, attributing it to a Trump-era law.
The interview in question was filmed at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and initially dropped last week but has gained significant attention in recent days.
Even Trump’s friend and former Fox News host, Geraldo Rivera, expressed shock and condemned the comments, describing them as “extraordinarily hateful” and “Hitler-like.”
In response to the backlash, Trump’s spokesman, Steven Cheung, defended the remarks as a “normal phrase” commonly used in various contexts.
He characterized the criticism as “non-sensical outrage” and emphasized that such language is part of everyday discourse.