Donald Trump reiterates ‘bloodbath’ warning, criticizing Joe Biden’s border management

Former President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail on Tuesday, using the grim imagery of a “bloodbath,” this time to link crime and illegal border incursions.

“There’s never been a border like this,” Trump remarked during a rehearsed speech in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attacking President Joe Biden.

Standing behind a podium placard that read “Stop Biden’s Border Bloodbath,” Trump acknowledged that he was chastised for using the phrase at a rally in Ohio last month. In that case, he claimed that American automakers would suffer as a result of US trade policies.

Donald Trump reiterates 'bloodbath' warning, criticizing Joe Biden's border management

Trump again reiterated his “bloodbath” remarks at an early evening rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, another critical Midwest state that might decide the 2024 presidential race.

In his attack on Biden’s handling of the southern border, Trump paid tribute to Ruby Garcia, a Michigan resident who was shot and murdered last month. The accused killer was in the United States illegally.

“We’re going to deliver justice for Ruby,” Trump declared during his speech, flanked by local law enforcement officials who have supported his candidacy.

Trump has also mentioned Georgia nursing student Laken Riley on the campaign trail. She was murdered earlier this year, and the man charged with her death was also in the country illegally.

Democrats, including Biden campaign aides, have accused Trump of exploiting a personal tragedy. They also pointed out that Trump personally blocked bipartisan border legislation in Congress.

“Donald Trump has already attempted to overturn one election and predicted a ‘bloodbath’ if he loses in November. “Now Trump is doubling down, embracing political violence and demonstrating to anyone watching that he is a threat to our democracy and our Constitution,” Ammar Moussa, the Biden campaign’s quick response director, said in a statement.

Donald Trump reiterates 'bloodbath' warning, criticizing Joe Biden's border management

Some Democrats allege that Trump’s rhetoric has historically resulted in bloodshed, such as the January 6, 2021 rebellion and threats against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Trump has not been officially charged in either attack.

Trump’s rhetoric has dominated the campaign trail in recent months. Last year, he referred to his political opponents as “vermin,” and historians soon warned that fascist leaders Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini used rodent-like terminology.

Trump’s final public campaign rally was on March 16 in Dayton, Ohio, where he used the term “bloodbath” to refer to the car sector. He has been working behind the scenes raising campaign and legal finances, as well as preparing for a criminal trial in New York City.

In both visits, Trump referenced his broad charges and lawsuits, including an upcoming criminal trial over hush money payments. Jury selection is set to begin on April 15. The presumptive Republican nominee also disputed the posting of a $175 million bail while appealing a bank fraud verdict against him.

In his Wisconsin speech, Trump chastised Biden for commemorating Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday. As a response, Trump said that Election Day, November 5, would be known as “Christian Visibility Day, when Christians turn out in numbers never seen before.”

Abortion is one issue that Trump skirted in both Michigan and Wisconsin.

The former president’s visit to the Midwest came a day after the Florida Supreme Court paved the path for an abortion rights referendum this fall. That ballot item has the potential to increase Democratic turnout in a state critical to Trump’s chances of victory.

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