Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Top 5 This Week

Donald Trump Threatens “Bloodbath” if Defeated While Spreading Anti-immigrant Hate at Moreno Rally in Ohio

Trump Labels Undocumented Immigrants "Not People" and "Animals" in Xenophobic Ohio Speech.

Barbara Perenic/Columbus Dispatch

In a shocking display of blatant xenophobia and racism, former President Donald Trump further escalated his dehumanizing rhetoric against undocumented immigrants during his unhinged speech in Ohio on Saturday night. Trump, who infamously launched his 2016 campaign by labeling Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” took his hateful language to new depths by declaring that some immigrants are “not people” and “animals.”

“I don’t know if you call them people. In some cases they’re not people, in my opinion,” Trump said to a cheering crowd at the rally, held to support Ohio Senate candidate Bernie Moreno. “But I’m not allowed to say that because the radical left says that’s a terrible thing to say.”

Trump’s vile comments, which echo his previous use of pejorative language against immigrants, drew swift condemnation from the Biden campaign. “This is who Donald Trump is: a loser who gets beat by over 7 million votes and then instead of appealing to a wider mainstream audience doubles down on his threats of political violence,” said Biden spokesperson James Singer. “He wants another January 6, but the American people are going to give him another electoral defeat this November because they continue to reject his extremism, his affection for violence, and his thirst for revenge.”

Trump’s dehumanizing rhetoric is part of a disturbing pattern of racist and xenophobic language that has been a hallmark of his political career. In recent weeks, he has accused migrants of “poisoning the blood of our country,” a phrase that drew comparisons to similar language used by Adolf Hitler in “Mein Kampf.”

At the Ohio rally, Trump also predicted a dire scenario if he loses the November election, warning of a “bloodbath” for the country. While his campaign later claimed that this comment was in reference to the potential impact on the auto industry and autoworkers, the violent imagery and threatening tone of his words is obvious.

The rally also featured remarks from Senate candidate Bernie Moreno, a Colombian immigrant who demanded that those who come to the country learn English and incorrectly claimed that English is the national language. “We don’t need to vote in five different languages. We learn the language,” Moreno said. “It means you assimilate. You become part of America; America doesn’t become part of you.”

Moreno’s comments, along with Trump’s dehumanizing rhetoric, underscore the deeply troubling nativist and white supremacist undercurrents that continue to shape the Republican Party’s approach to policy. Rather than embracing the diversity and strength that immigrants bring to our nation, Trump and his allies seek to stoke fear, hatred, and division for their own political gain. Because in the end Republicans don’t actually want to address immigration, as that would negatively impact the bottom line for some of their wealthiest donors who use immigrant labor.

The United States has always been a nation of immigrants, with each wave of newcomers bringing their unique traditions, languages, and perspectives that enrich our country. The idea that speaking multiple languages or maintaining connections to one’s heritage is somehow un-American is a narrow-minded and xenophobic view that has no place in our modern, globalized world.

Moreover, the demand for immigrants to “assimilate” often comes with an unspoken expectation that they conform to a specific vision of American identity – one that is predominantly white, English-speaking, and culturally homogeneous. This expectation erases the lived experiences and contributions of countless immigrant communities who have shaped and continue to shape our nation in profound ways.

It is also worth noting that English is not, in fact, the official language of the United States. While it is the most widely spoken language, there is no federal law designating it as the national language. This misconception is often used to justify discriminatory policies and practices that marginalize and exclude non-English speakers.

The toxic rhetoric espoused by Moreno and Trump at the Ohio rally is a stark reminder of the urgent need for progressive leadership that embraces and celebrates the diversity of our nation. We must reject the politics of fear and division and instead work towards building a society that values and uplifts the contributions of all people, regardless of their background or country of origin.

As we look towards the 2024 election and beyond, it is crucial that we elect leaders who will champion these values and work tirelessly to create a more just and equitable society for all. We cannot allow the hateful and dehumanizing rhetoric of figures like Trump and Moreno to go unchallenged. Instead, we must stand together in solidarity with immigrant communities and fight for a future where all people are treated with respect.