Trump claims that attacks on immigrants help “stir up the debate” and says he will “soon” announce his stance on abortion

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Like Donald Trump faced backlash for saying Some immigrants who come to the United States “are not people” but “animals,” defended the former president some of his divisive characterizations of people crossing the border, insisting that he has to use “certain rhetoric” to “stir up the debate.”

“It also makes people think about very important issues that if you don’t use certain rhetoric, if you don’t use certain words, and maybe they’re not very nice words, nothing will happen. That did spark debate.” Trump told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz in a pre-recorded interview that aired Sunday.

Kurtz had noted that Trump had previously said that immigrants who come to the country illegally are “poisoning the blood” of the country. That rhetoric echoes past dictators like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

“I didn’t know,” Trump said on Fox News.

But he added: “Our country is being poisoned.”

“Everything I’ve said has been correct… We have millions of people coming to our country who shouldn’t be here,” Trump continued, repeating. Unfounded warnings about “immigration crime.”

U.S. citizens commit crimes at higher rates than unauthorized immigrants, according to a 2020 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Throughout the 2024 election cycle, Trump has frequently used derogatory language when talking about immigrants who come to the United States illegally.

In recent weeks, he has spent considerable time on his campaign trail emphasizing border security and highlighting immigration issues, claiming that immigrants are taking American jobs and blaming President Joe Biden for the student’s death. of Georgia Nursing, Laken Riley. who was allegedly murdered by a suspect identified as an immigrant who arrived in the United States illegally.

Trump’s most recent attacks against some immigrants came Saturday, during what was scheduled to be a guest appearance at a campaign rally for the Ohio Senate candidate. bernie moreno.

Instead, the event quickly devolved into Trump saying there would be a “bloodbath” for the country if he doesn’t win the 2024 general election, while criticizing the electric vehicle industry that makes cars outside the US.

“We’re going to put a 100% tariff on every car that crosses the line, and you won’t be able to sell them if I’m elected,” Trump said while criticizing overseas manufacturing production.

“Now, if I am not elected, it will be a bloodbath for… that will be the least important thing, it will be a bloodbath for the country, that will be the least important thing,” he said.

Trump’s campaign has rejected claims that he was talking about violence across the country should he lose re-election in 2024, arguing that he was talking about the destruction of the auto industry.

However, President Biden’s campaign seized on the comments, highlighting how Trump has often praised authoritarian leaders and begins many of his rallies by saluting the American flag while “Justice for All” by the “J6 Prison Choir” plays.

“This is Donald Trump,” Biden spokesman James Singer said in a statement Saturday night.

At Saturday’s rally, Trump also claimed that some unauthorized immigrants “aren’t people,” while making unfounded claims that other countries are allowing criminals out of prisons to cross into the United States.

Trump then quickly downplayed the weight of his comments, saying Democrats will criticize him for his rhetoric, saying it lacks humanity.

PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at Dayton International Airport on March 16, 2024 in Vandalia, Ohio.

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at Dayton International Airport on March 16, 2024 in Vandalia, Ohio.

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In his prerecorded interview on Fox News, beyond talking about his rhetoric about migrants, Trump discussed his recent reversal about pushing for a TikTok ban.

He claimed he was unaware that Jeff Yass, a billionaire GOP donor he met a few days before publicly changing his stance on the issue, had a significant financial interest in the China-based parent company of the popular networking app. social.

He also said he never spoke to Yass about legislation currently being considered in Congress that could lead to TikTok being banned if it is not sold.

Trump posted on his social media platform earlier this month that getting rid of TikTok would benefit Facebook and that he doesn’t want that to happen, suggesting Facebook is a bigger problem for the country.

Yass has praised TikTok for supporting “freedom of expression and innovation.”

Elsewhere in his interview with Fox News, Trump seemed reluctant to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin for the death of Opposition leader Alexei Navalnyalthough he admitted that Putin “probably” had a role in it and said that “something happened that was unusual” while repeating “I don’t know.”

The Kremlin denies any involvement in Navalny’s death, while the White House blames Putin.

“I don’t know, but maybe, I mean, possibly, I could say probably, I don’t know,” Trump said when asked if he thinks Putin was responsible.

“He’s a young man, so statistically he would be alive for a long time; if we go by the insurance numbers, he would be alive another 40 years. Then something happened that was unusual,” Trump said of Navalny.

When pressed for a more direct answer, Trump said: “Well, I don’t know, you certainly can’t say for sure, but it certainly would seem like something very bad happened.”

He then dodged a question about whether he would provide more funds to Ukraine or allow Russia to seize part of Ukrainian territory if he were re-elected, saying that the nine months between now and January 20, 2025, the date of the next takeover presidential, are “an eternity in terms of war.”

“I hope it doesn’t come to that,” he said, adding: “If we had a real leader, he [Putin] “I would never have done that.”

Trump again boasted of his “good relationship” with Putin and blamed Biden for the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which he called a “terrible situation.”

Trump also alluded to the possibility of backing a nationwide abortion restriction, saying “there will be a certain point” while criticizing Democrats for being “radical” on the issue and typically supporting access later in pregnancy.

He said he wants to try to make “both sides” happy, but praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision two years ago that ended national abortion access guarantees in Roe v. Wade.

Since then, numerous GOP-led states have widely restricted or essentially eliminated access to abortion.

Polls have shown that the issue has been a key motivator for voters in some states and abortion access has prevailed every time it has been directly put to a vote since the Supreme Court decision in 2022.

Trump has so far avoided endorsing a federal ban on abortion, although he has signaled in public comments that it would be better as a state issue.

Privately, she has expressed support for banning abortion at 16 weeks. ABC News reported in February.

He said on Fox News that he will make a recommendation on the issue “fairly soon” and again emphasized his support for three exceptions: rape, incest and life of the mother.

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