Channeling Hitler, Trump accuses migrants of “poisoning the blood of our country”

In a campaign speech Saturday night and again on his social media platform following the event, ex-President Donald Trump accused immigrants of “poisoning the blood of our country.”

Trump falsely accused the Biden administration of allowing “15, 16 million people into country,” adding, “When they do that, we got a lot of work to do. They are poisoning the blood of our country.”

Ex-President Donald Trump at a campaign rally Saturday December 16, 2023, in Durham, New Hampshire. [AP Photo/Reba Saldanha]

The Republican front-runner for president made his Hitlerian remarks while speaking before a crowd of a few thousand fanatics in Durham, New Hampshire. Trump is the favorite to win next month’s New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.

In his speech, he invoked the antisemitic and anti-immigrant “Great Replacement Theory,” declaring: “They’ve poisoned mental institutions and prisons all over the world, not just in 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, all over the world they’re pouring into our country.”

Leaving no doubt that his comments, lifted from the pages of Mein Kampf, were politically calculated, following the event Trump posted on his social media site, in capital letters, “ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS POISONING THE BLOOD OF OUR NATION.”

Trump doubling down on his Nazi agitation against immigrants in a December 16, 2023 Truth social media post. [Photo: Donald Trump]

This is not the first time Trump has employed Nazi language in attacking immigrants. In an interview posted September 27, 2023 with Raheem Kassam, editor of the National Pulse, Trump used the same “poisoning our blood” phrase. He said: “Nobody has any idea where these people are coming from. ... We know they’re terrorist. Nobody has ever seen anything like we’re witnessing right now. It is a very sad thing for our country. It’s poisoning the blood of our country. It’s so bad, people are coming in with disease. People are coming in with every possible thing that you could have.”

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Trump is a longtime admirer of Hitler. He feels he can flaunt the language of fascism because he knows that while the Democratic Party might object to certain phrases, it and the ruling class as a whole agree that with both political parties widely despised, working class struggles on the rise and broad masses of youth mobilizing against war and genocide, it is necessary to dispense with democratic rights to impose the brutal policies the financial oligarchy demands.

In the same speech, Trump reaffirmed his pledge to be a dictator on “day one” of a second term. He announced that on his “first day back in the White House” he would “stop the invasion” and “begin the largest domestic deportation operation in American history.”

Democratic politicians from Biden on down are competing with the Republicans to ban student protests against the mass murder of Palestinians in Gaza and abolish First Amendment rights, libeling protesters as antisemites. It is within this context that Trump declared he would implement “strong ideological screening for all illegal immigrants.”

“If you hate America, if you want to abolish Israel, if you sympathize with jihadists, then we don’t want you in our country,” Trump hissed.

Trump personifies the alliance between antisemites, including outright neo-Nazis, and Zionists in propping up the fascistic government of Netanyahu in Israel, a critical client regime and military outpost of American imperialism in the Middle East and beyond. The man who from the White House praised neo-Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us!” in Charlottesville, Virginia, declared on Saturday that “radical left communists” and “Marxists” had “taken over our universities” and “indoctrinated our youth” with “censorship and antisemitism.”

Trump pledged to use the federal government to go after universities and “take away their endowments” if they “discriminate against conservatives, Christians and Jews.”

The White House released a statement pointing out that Trump “parroted Adolf Hitler” while “running for president on a promise to rule as a dictator.” But Trump’s ability to run for president, with a very real possibility of being reelected, is entirely the responsibility of the Biden administration and the Democratic Party. They responded to Trump’s failed coup on January 6, 2021 by seeking to rehabilitate the Republican Party in the interests of defending the profit system and maintaining bipartisan support for implementing a policy of global war against US imperialism’s major rivals, particularly Russia and China.

Trump’s speech coincides with negotiations by Biden and the Senate Democratic leadership with Senate Republicans to obtain passage of $60 billion in new military aid for the Ukrainian regime, itself allied with neo-Nazi forces, to continue Washington’s proxy war with Russia. In exchange for Republican votes, Biden and the Democrats are offering to further gut the right to asylum, imprison refugees who come across the Southern border and resume mass deportations without any form of due process.

Democratic Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, a Biden surrogate, defended the Democrats’ pledge to impose Trump’s border policy, telling moderator Margaret Brennan on Face the Nation on Sunday: “For us to fail to come together and support Ukraine ... would be a huge gift to Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping and Hamas.”

The bipartisan gang-up against immigrants follows last week’s passage by Congress of a bipartisan Pentagon budget for 2024 that allots nearly $900 billion, a record, to finance the current wars in Ukraine and the Middle East and prepare for war against China.