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The Latest Democrat-media anti-Trump hoax

The Democrat “News”-media Complex (hereafter the DNC) is thrilled to roll out the new storyline that Donald Trump, actually hailed as the greatest friend that Israel has had in the White House, is reviving Hitlerian ideas that immigrants are poisoning the blood of Americans.  The New York Times reports that Donald Trump, in a recent interview with The National Pulse, said that undocumented immigrants were “poisoning the blood of our country, language with echoes of white supremacy and the racial hatreds of Adolf Hitler.”

Well, that sounds very bad!  But is it true?

The NYT is not alone.  CNN, in strikingly similar language to that in the NYT, almost as if they are a shared DNC script,  reports that “Since launching his campaign for president in 2015, Trump has often derided immigrants in inflammatory terms, but [his recent] phrase “poisoning the blood” echoed language used by White supremacists, who fixate on so-called “blood” purity.  MSNBC echoes CNN’s remarks.   

Geraldo Rivera, who used to promote the impression that he was Donald Trump’s friend, was near hysterical about Trump’s remarks, saying:

I think it’s vile [NS] disgusting.  … To sink to that level, it’s for me a personal embarrassment that we were friends for so long. This language is racist, it is really disgusting, and, you know, some things cannot abide. … [He] crossed the line. I beseech his followers to listen to what he said about poison blood.  The Nazis used similar “poisonous rhetoric.  I hate to use Nazi or Hitler references, but it is impossible to miss the obvious parallels.  Poison blood, it was a direct reference.  He made a direct reference that the immigrants, mostly Latinos now, may I say, are poisoning, polluting the blood of real Americans. [I]t’s absolutely beyond the pale.

The same storyline is even being promoted across the pond.  The Telegraph of the London reports that there is “Fury as Donald Trump says immigrants ‘poison blood’ of US [because] Trump’ remarks are “likened to Hitler’s Mein Kampf as critics accuse him of nativist and xenophobic rhetoric.”  Is the implicit argument here that the NAZI’s used that expression in a racist way then when Trump uses it then he must mean it in the same way?  Really Geraldo? 

Joe Biden, the “Big Guy” himself, even got into the act stating that Trump’s “abhorrent” and “dangerous” remarks that undocumented immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country” is like “the rhetoric of violent white supremacists.” The divisive Big Guy, whose administration is now trying to imprison and bankrupt his political opponents, added, with no sense of irony or self-awareness, that “The role of leaders is to bring people together; never to turn them against one another with divisive, self-serving poison.”  Does that mean Biden is going to call off the legal persecutions of his political opponents, stop the spying on Catholics by his FBI and stop calling the 74 million Americans who voted for Trump “extremists who are a threat to our democracy” (when, in fact, Trump is only a threat to Joe Biden and extremist Democrats). 

The problem with this new DNC storyline is that Trump made it clear in his comments that he was not “echoing” any racial ideology.  If the NYT is capable of understanding their own article, they can verify that Trump explained his meaning. 

Nobody has any idea where these people are coming from, and we know they come from prisons. We know they come from mental institutions and insane asylums. We know they’re terrorists. Nobody has ever seen anything like we’re witnessing right now. … It’s poisoning the blood of our country … [P]eople are coming in with disease.  People are coming in with every possible thing that you could have. 

One immediately notices that Trump makes no reference whatsoever to race or to Latinos in his remarks.  These words were imported into his remarks by his enemies.  He refers to “people,” not black or brown or any colour of people.  His remarks apply equally to white Russians as they do to brown Mexicans or black Africans.  The reference to race was added by the NYT and the DNC to smear him and further divide the races in support of their political agenda, that is, in support of their own interests.  It’s called “selfishness”.

The second thing one notices is that when Trump refers to the “poisons” illegal immigrants are bringing into the country he is appealing to these things called “facts”, e.g., facts about physical diseases and mental “diseases of the sort suffered by people in “mental institutions” and “insane asylums”, not the sort of racial ideologies promoted by white supremacists, Oswald Spengler’s “race-feeling” (The Decline of the West) and Hitler.   And, in fact, many medical authorities have reported that  “the Biden administration’s border policies have produced an influx of migrants from the southern border who are bringing contagious diseases to New York City neighbourhoods”.  These diseases include chicken pox, HIV, measles, syphilis, polio, Hansen’s disease (leprosy).  Further, leprosy, which has been “very rare in the United States … has become endemic in Florida.  According to the CDC, circumstances indicate that the source of the leprosy was the international migration of persons with the disease.  Leprosy is reported in 28 of Mexico’s 32 states.

If the DNC consults a 1st year community college critical reasoning course (for example the chapter titled “Uses of Language” in Copi and Cohen’s logic text), they will find that in order to properly interpret a statement one must first know what kind of use of language it makes, e.g., is it factual language, emotive or metaphorical or directive?  For example, when Hitler talked about immigrants poisoning the blood of Germans, he was not making a factual statement that immigrants have ethylene glycol in their blood.  Spengler’s case is illuminating here because even though Spengler talks about a “race quality” or “race feeling,” he does not mean by this what white supremacists mean by these expressions.  For Spengler, a “race quality” is not literally about the “blood” of Caucasians, Negros, Orientals, etc., but is about the shared “outlook [of a people] regardless of ethnic origins.”  Got that?  The DNC (and what remains of our “news” media) really needs to start thinking about these issues like adults, not reacting emotionally like children to a few words. 

There is, therefore, no justification for all the “fury”, name calling and virtue signalling by CNN, Geraldo, the Big Guy, The Telegraph and the rest of the conceptually challenged self-serving political opportunists.  If one understands the English language at a high school level (or, at least, at what used to be understood to be the high school level before the collapse of our “educational” system), and if one can make some rudimentary distinctions (apparently a disappearing art), one can verify that Trump was not promoting any racial ideology.  Trump was using factual language, the fact that illegal aliens are importing physical and mental “diseases” into the United States, not the ideological metaphorical language of “blood purity”. Is it still allowed to point out these facts or does the DNC require a lot more dead and diseased bodies in order to get their way (or perhaps just to gain admission to the in-crowd”)?

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Richard McDonough

Richard Michael McDonough, American philosophy educator. Achievements include production of original interpretation of Wittgenstein’s logical-metaphysical system, original application Kantian Copernican Revolution to philosophy of language; significant interdisciplinary work logic, linguistics, psychology & philosophy. Member Australasian Debating Federation (honorary life, adjudicator since 1991), Phi Kappa Phi.

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