In recent campaign rallies in Nevada and New Hampshire, former President Donald Trump, vying for the Republican presidential candidacy once again, ignited controversy with inflammatory language aimed at undocumented immigrants. Trump asserted that these immigrants were “poisoning the blood of our country,” a phrase reminiscent of xenophobic sentiments and previously criticized as echoing Nazi rhetoric.
This marks a departure from Trump’s language during his 2016 and 2020 campaigns, with a more incendiary tone regarding immigration issues. At a rally in Durham, N.H., attended by thousands of supporters, Trump emphasized the global nature of immigration, claiming people were pouring into the U.S. from Asia, Africa, and South America.
The use of the phrase “poisoning the blood of our country” was not included in Trump’s prepared remarks for the event, raising questions about whether it was a spontaneous addition to his rhetoric. Campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung did not directly address Trump’s remarks but instead focused on controversies surrounding U.S. colleges in the aftermath of the recent Israel-Hamas conflict.
Trump’s rhetoric has drawn criticism from various quarters, with Yale professor Jason Stanley, an expert on fascism, noting parallels with Adolf Hitler’s language in Mein Kampf. Stanley expressed concern over the normalization of such dangerous speech and its potential impact on the safety of immigrants in the U.S.
On social media platform Truth Social, Trump reiterated his claim that “illegal immigration is poisoning the blood of our nation.” As the campaign progresses, Trump’s choice of language continues to fuel debates on the line between political discourse and rhetoric that may contribute to division and xenophobia.
Observers are closely monitoring how this rhetoric shapes the narrative around immigration issues and the potential consequences for public sentiment as the campaign unfolds.