Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) went on the offensive as an Associated Press reporter pressed him repeatedly on comments made by Donald Trump that illegal immigration is “poisoning the blood” of the nation.
“What do you have to say to the former President’s comments over the weekend about immigrants and saying that they’re ‘poisoning the blood of America?’” a reporter asks in audio obtained by the Daily Caller.
Vance quickly noted that the journalist had opted not to use the accurate term – “illegal” immigration.
“First of all, he didn’t say immigrants were poisoning the blood of this country,” he shot back. “He said illegal immigrants were poisoning the blood of the country, which is objectively and obviously true to anybody who looks at the statistics about fentanyl overdoses.”
Vance added, “And I think just one observation about the press as an organization: You guys seem far more upset about the guy who criticized the problem than you did about Joe Biden who’s causing the problem.”
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Thinking she had stumbled upon a solid point, the Associated Press reporter continued to note that Trump’s “poisoning the blood” remarks were “language that we heard … during World War II.”
“You just framed your question implicitly assuming that Donald Trump is talking about Adolf Hitler. It’s absurd. It is absurd,” Vance quickly replied.
“Why do you think that Donald Trump’s language is targeted at the blood of the immigrants and not at the blood of the American citizens who are being poisoned by the fentanyl problem?” he asked.
When the reporter questioned his belief that the former President was actually talking about the drug crisis at the border, Vance steered her more toward reality.
“If you watch the speech in context and you look at what’s going on, it is obvious that he was talking about the very clear fact that the blood of Americans is being poisoned by a drug epidemic,” he insisted. “To take that comment and then to immediately assume that he’s talking about immigrants as Adolf Hitler talked about Jews is preposterous!”
“You guys need to wake up and actually do some journalism,” he continued.
Trying To Take The Focus Off Biden
Supporters of Donald Trump have seen an uptick in the media’s standby of accusing the former President of using “Nazi rhetoric” in recent weeks. The poll numbers must be dictating the effort.
We saw it when Trump recently used the word “vermin” to describe his political opponents.
“What you’re doing is not speaking truth to power,” Vance said to the reporter, though it could be applied to the media as a whole.
“You’re trying to police the guy who’s criticizing the problem so that Americans don’t pay attention to the guy who caused the problem,” he claimed.
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Rusty Weiss has been covering politics for over 15 years. His writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, Fox News, Breitbart, and many more.
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