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There is still controversy over Donald Trump. This time the former US president ended up at the center of criticism for an interview in which he declared that migrants are “poisoning the blood of our country”. He also reiterated, as he has said in the past, that they bring disease to the United States. After these words, accusations of racism and xenophobia rained down on the tycoon from many quarters (MIGRANTS, THE SPECIAL OF SKY TG24).
Trump: migrants are “poisoning the blood of our country”
Donald Trump made these statements during a video interview with The National Pulse, a right-wing website. These are, however, concepts that the former president had already expressed during some of his rallies. “No one has ever witnessed anything like what you are seeing now. It’s a very sad thing for our country,” Trump now said, referring to immigration. “It is poisoning the blood of our country,” he added. And again: “It’s really bad and the people who arrive bring diseases. People come bringing with them everything you can get. Nobody has any idea where these people come from. We know they have been released from prison. We know they come from institutions for the mentally ill. I mean, they’re terrorists.”
As soon as the interview was released on the web, controversy broke out. The Anti-Defamation League, the largest organization that counters anti-Semitic hatred, accused Trump of using the same language as the authors of the mass massacres. “To suggest that immigrants poison the blood of our country has the potential to cause real danger. We have already seen this toxic rhetoric inspire real-world violence in places like Pittsburgh and El Paso,” the organization warned. The reference is to two cities in which massacres occurred which affected, in the first, Pennsylvania, the Jewish community and in the second, in Texas, the Hispanic community. Trump’s sentences have been defined as “racist” and “xenophobic” and a reference to terms already used by Adolf Hitler in his Mein Kampf. For the Trump campaign they were “normal phrases that are used in everyday life. Anyone who thinks they are racist or xenophobic lives in an alternative reality,” said Steven Cheung, spokesman for the tycoon’s campaign.