Trump’s Racist Rant Against Immigrants Sparks Outrage and Fear

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Former President Donald Trump has intensified his anti-immigrant rhetoric in recent weeks, using language that echoes white supremacist and nativist ideologies and sparking fresh alarm among Latino leaders, civil rights groups and experts on extremism ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

According to a report by Washington Post on Thursday, October 12, 2023, Trump, who has not officially announced his candidacy but leads the Republican primary field by a wide margin, has repeatedly accused undocumented immigrants of “poisoning the blood of our country”.

Associating them with drug and alcohol use, crime, and terrorism, and portraying them as a threat to the nation’s security and identity.

In an interview with The National Pulse, a right-wing news site, Trump said: “Nobody has ever seen anything like we’re witnessing right now.

It is a very sad thing for our country. 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.”

He made similar remarks at rallies in Iowa and New Hampshire, where he also baselessly claimed that immigrants crossing the Mexican border were involved in the recent attacks on Israel.

“People (are) pouring into our country, and we have no idea from where they come,” he said in Manchester on Monday.

Trump’s comments have drawn widespread condemnation from immigrant and civil rights groups, who denounced them as “racist, xenophobic and despicable”.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a leading organization fighting anti-Semitism and hate, said Trump was using language that is often employed by white supremacists and nativists to dehumanize immigrants and promote a “blood and soil” ideology that links national identity to race and ethnicity.

“Insinuating that immigrants are ‘poisoning the blood of our country’ echoes nativist talking points and has the potential to cause real danger and violence.”

“We have seen this kind of toxic rhetoric inspire real-world violence before in places like Pittsburgh and El Paso. It should have no place in our politics, period,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said.

The ADL also noted that Trump’s remarks were similar to those made by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who once said: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

Experts on extremism warned that Trump’s anti-immigrant onslaught could fuel radicalization and violence among his supporters, especially as he continues to spread lies about the 2020 election being stolen from him.

They also said that Trump was exploiting the fears and grievances of his base to mobilize them for 2024.

“Trump is playing with fire. He is using inflammatory language that appeals to the most extreme elements of his movement.”

“Who believe that America is under siege by immigrants and that they have to take action to defend it,” said Cynthia Miller-Idriss, a professor at American University and the author of “Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right”.

She added: “He is also trying to create a sense of urgency and crisis among his followers, who feel that they have been cheated out of their rightful power and that they have to fight back to restore it. This is a dangerous combination that could lead to more violence in the future.”

Latino leaders expressed concern that Trump’s anti-immigrant comments could have a negative impact on the Latino community, which is already facing discrimination, harassment, and hate crimes.

They also urged other political leaders and media outlets to challenge Trump’s lies and misinformation about immigration.

“We cannot allow Trump to continue to spew his hateful rhetoric without any accountability or consequences”.

“He is not only insulting millions of hardworking immigrants who contribute to this country, but he is also inciting violence against them,” said Domingo Garcia, the national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Latino civil rights organization in the US.

He added: “We call on all Americans who value democracy, diversity, and decency to reject Trump’s divisive agenda and stand up for the dignity and rights of all people.”

 

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