(HorizonPost.com) – Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski condemned Donald Trump’s recent controversial comment in which he accused immigrants of “poisoning the blood” of the United States, The Hill reported.
In a post on X, Murkowski said it was Trump’s “hateful” and “harmful” rhetoric that was “poisoning our country.” She noted that most Americans, except “Native Peoples” are the children of immigrants “who came to this country to build a better life.”
Murkowski said that legal immigrants from around the world have been “woven into the fabric of American exceptionalism” and the former president’s comments “couldn’t be further from the truth.”
During a campaign event in New Hampshire on December 16, Trump blasted the immigrants coming to the US from Asia, Africa, and the rest of the world, claiming that they are “poisoning the blood of our country.” He suggested that immigration would lead to further terrorism and crime.
Later that day, Trump reiterated his inflammatory comment on his social media platform Truth Social, posting, “Immigration is poisoning the blood of our nation.”
When Trump’s remarks were compared to the writings of Adolf Hitler, the former president doubled down on his rhetoric but claimed that he never read Hitler’s writings.
During a campaign event in Iowa last Tuesday, Trump claimed that immigrants are “destroying” the country’s blood and joked that his opponents “don’t like it when I said that.” He added that he never read Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf.”
Senate Republicans, who fear that a Trump nomination could lead to down-ticket Republican defeats in 2024, joined Murkowski in condemning the former president’s rhetoric.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pointed out last Tuesday that Trump appointed his wife, Taiwanese immigrant Elaine Chao as his Transportation Secretary.
Minority Whip John Thune told The Hill that while Republicans believe illegal immigration is a national security issue, Trump’s rhetoric was crossing the line.
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