Undocumented immigrants are 'poisoning the blood of our country', says Donald Trump at New Hampshire Presidential rally

Monday 18 December 2023

Former President Donald Trump has described a surge in undocumented immigration into the United States as 'poisoning the blood of our country'.

The front runner for the Republican Presidential nomination made the comments on December 16 during a campaign event in the US state of New Hampshire.

Using similarly inflammatory language several months ago, Trump was accused of stoking xenophobia and repeating Nazi rhetoric.

Trump declared: "They are poisoning the blood of our country, that’s what they’ve done, they’ve poisoned mental institutions and prisons all over the world.

"Not just South America, not just the three or four countries that we think about, but all over the world. They’re coming into our country from Africa, from Asia, they’re pouring into our country."

In front of thousands of attendees at the campaign rally in Durham, New Hampshire, Trump promised to crack down on illegal immigration if elected for a second term.

Speaking in Reno, Nevada, the following day, Trump vowed to enact "the largest deportation in American history" upon reelection in 2024.

He said: "Given the unprecedented millions of Biden illegal aliens who are invading our country, it is only common sense that when I'm reelected, we will begin, and we have no choice, the largest deportation operation in American history, we will have to."

U.S. President Joe Biden has grappled with record numbers of migrants attempting to cross illegally since he took office in 2021.

In September, US border authorities encountered more than 142,000 migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to data shared by Mexico's president, surpassing previous monthly highs in just two weeks.

Donald Trump reacts during the campaign event in Durham, New Hampshire.

Trump has promised to crack down on illegal immigration if elected for a second term.

Asylum seeking migrants wait to be processed by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing from Mexico at a on December 13, 2023.

In Nevada, Trump labelled Joe Biden as a "low IQ individual" and the "worst, most incompetent and most corrupt president" in the history of the United States.

Trump used the same "poisoning the blood" language during an interview with The National Pulse, a right-leaning website, that was published in late September.

It prompted a rebuke from the Anti-Defamation League, whose leader, Jonathan Greenblatt, called the language "racist, xenophobic and despicable."

Jason Stanley, a Yale professor and author of a book on fascism, said Trump's repeated use of language was dangerous.

He stated that Trump's words echoed the rhetoric of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, who warned against German blood being poisoned by Jews in his political treatise 'Mein Kampf'.

"He is now employing this vocabulary in repetition in rallies. Repeating dangerous speech increases its normalization and the practices it recommends," Stanley said.

"This is very concerning talk for the safety of immigrants in the U.S."

In October Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung had dismissed criticism of the former president's language as "nonsensical," arguing that similar language was prevalent in books, news article and on TV.

Cheung did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Trump's remarks on Saturday.