According to Mediate, CNN’s Dana Bash expressed visible disgust when discussing a recent interview in which former President Donald Trump made inflammatory comments about the migrant crisis at the southern border. During a segment on President Joe Biden’s border wall policy, Bash reported on Trump’s interview with a right-wing media outlet:
“Now to something Donald Trump said on this topic this week. In an interview, the former president borrowed from white nationalists when he said this to National Pulse, a right-wing news outlet.”
She then played a clip of Trump’s comments, in which he said, “Nobody has ever seen anything like what we’re witnessing right now. It is a very sad thing for our country. It’s poisoning the blood of our country. It’s so bad, and people are coming in with disease, people are coming in with every possible thing that you can have.”
Bash continued by sharing a statement from the Anti-Defamation League, which criticized Trump’s remarks and said they echoed nativist talking points that could incite violence.
The New York Times’ Trip Gabriel also commented on Trump’s language, describing it as having echoes of white supremacy and Adolf Hitler’s racial hatred. The Times credited MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan for bringing attention to the interview.
obody has ever seen anything like what we’re witnessing right now. It is a very sad thing for our country. It’s poisoning the blood of our country. It’s so bad, and people are coming in with disease, people are coming in with every possible thing that you can have.
“Here is what we heard from the Anti-Defamation League, which released a scathing statement, saying in part, ‘Insinuating that immigrants are, quote, ‘poisoning the blood of our country’ echoes nativist talking points and has the potential to cause real danger and violence,’
In response to the criticism, a spokesman for Trump, Steven Cheung, defended the former president’s comments, calling them a “normal phrase that is used in everyday life” and dismissing claims of racism or xenophobia as “nonsensical outrage.”
The discussion highlighted the controversial nature of Trump’s rhetoric and its potential impact on the political discourse surrounding immigration and border security.