Trump and his “poisoning the blood of our country” line

More than 109,000 people died from drug deaths in the United States in 2022. Many of them were fentanyl overdoses, and almost all of those drugs are trafficked in via the southern border. So instead of discussing the actual topic at hand – the cartels (and yes, illegal aliens) shipping in drugs to “poison the blood of our country” – every Google search and news report excludes what he is referring to and claims he is channeling Hitler’s final solution or something.

Trump is not referring to procreation, interracial couples, or bi-racial children. He is specifically referring to the drugs that are poisoning the blood of our children, teens, young adults and other Americans who are tragically addicted to drugs. That’s it, full stop.

Is Trump an eloquent speaker who is clear, concise and to the point? Hell no. I think he rambles all over the place. But when he speaks to “poisoning the blood,” I know what he is referring to. But his rambling provides a perfect opening for the media and his opponents to select one phrase and pounce.

There is nothing racist about referring to 109,000 drug deaths, but that certainly does not stop Democrats or Chris Christy from twisting what the former president has said to claim Trump is a racist. Note they completely fixate on Trump “doubling down on claims “immigrants” are poisoning the blood of our country” but refuse to discuss the actual issue. One hundred nine thousand deaths in 2022.

They cherry-pick that line and apply it to racism and Hitler. Certainly, they do not have any interest in combating and solving the drug addiction and death problem in the United States. 109,000 deaths in 2022.

Only to put that 109,000 number in perspective, we’ve had about 2,000 service members tragically killed in action in Afghanistan over 20 years. Again, 109,000 drug deaths in the USA in 2022. About 50,000 deaths were attributed to the Vietnam Conflict over ten years.

Trump “poisoning the blood” references in the past

President Trump has used this phrase at least twice in 2016. At the third presidential debate with Hillary Clinton on Oct. 19, 2016, the transcript includes the following:

“…I was up in New Hampshire the other day. The biggest complaint they have — it’s with all of the problems going on in the world, many of the problems caused by Hillary Clinton and by Barack Obama. All of the problems — the single biggest problem is heroin that pours across our southern border. It’s just pouring and destroying their youth. It’s poisoning the blood of their youth and plenty of other people. We have to have strong borders. We have to keep the drugs out of our country. We are — right now, we’re getting the drugs, they’re getting the cash. We need strong borders. We need absolute — we cannot give amnesty….”

On March 18, 2016, at a speech in Salt Lake City, Utah, he noted:

“…And in terms of drugs flowing into all of your communities and poisoning the blood of our youth and everybody else. And we’re going to stop it. OK. We’re going to stop it. Now, we have trade deficits with China, $500 billion a year. We have trade deficits with Mexico of $58 billion a year. Japan, massive numbers….”

Trump’s full speech from New Hampshire on Dec. 16, 2023

I really can not watch him due to his rambling, but the section of the speech everyone is referring to happens about 47 minutes in. You can skip ahead.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.
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