US President Biden’s border policy speech: Trump describes migrants as ‘animals’

US President Biden's border policy speech: Trump describes migrants as 'animals'

Former US President Donald Trump, who has been agitating against immigrants and foreigners for years, further escalated his rhetoric during the election campaign and deliberately raised fears.

At a campaign appearance in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Tuesday (local time), Trump accused Democratic President Joe Biden of causing a “bloodbath” with his border policy.

Trump claimed that because of Biden’s lax immigration policies, the United States was facing an “invasion” of criminals from other countries who were coming from prisons and “asylums” and attacking and killing innocent people in the United States. “They are not people, they are animals.”Trump said.

Under Biden, every US state is a border state and every US city is a border city, said the current president’s likely rival in the presidential election in early November. “Because Joe Biden has brought us the carnage, chaos and killing from around the world and dumped it right in our backyards.”

Trump continued: “We will stop the looting, raping, killing and destruction of our American suburbs, cities and towns.”

Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump at a campaign event in Grand Rapids.
Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump at a campaign event in Grand Rapids.

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If re-elected, he would seal the border on his first day in office. “And we will begin the largest deportation operation in the history of our country,” the Republican said. At the same time, he warned that the country would “cease to exist” if he was not re-elected president.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released in late February, 38 percent of Republican voters and one in five independent voters surveyed say immigration is the most important issue in the United States.

According to experts, people who came to the United States illegally are no more likely to commit violent crimes than native-born American citizens.

Campaign speeches with a radical choice of words

Trump routinely uses radical rhetoric, uses hateful and dehumanizing language, makes racist statements, and incites against minorities.

He recently caused a stir in another context, precisely, with the term “bloodbath,” which he placed at the center of his speech in Michigan and displayed in large letters on his desk.

At a campaign event in the state of Ohio in mid-March, the former president spoke about how he wanted to make it more difficult for Chinese cars to be sold in the US market. And he added: “If I am not elected, there will be a bloodbath. (…) It will be a bloodbath for the country.” This caused quite a stir.

Trump’s campaign weighed in on the issue and tried to argue that the 77-year-old had only talked about the American auto industry and that the “bloodbath” quote had been taken out of context.

In Grand Rapids, Trump addressed the controversy, saying there was an attempt to misattribute the term to him. What Biden is provoking is actually a “bloodbath.” (dpa, Reuters)

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