Iowans More Likely to Support Trump After ‘Blood Poisoning’ Speech: Poll

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Multiple likely Republicans in Iowa say former President Donald Trump’s recent comment that illegal immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country” makes them more likely to support him, a new poll shows.

A Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom poll found 42 percent said the statement made them more likely to support Trump, while 28 percent said the remarks made them less likely to support the 77-year-old.

Another 29% said the comment “doesn’t matter” and 2% weren’t sure.

Trump made the remarks to supporters at a Dec. 16 rally in Durham, N.Y., while sharply increasing the number of illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. since President Biden took office.

“When they let us, I think the real number is 15, 16 million people in our country, when they do, we have a lot of work to do,” the 45th president said. “They are draining the blood of our country. That’s what they did.

Multiple Iowa Republicans say former President Donald Trump’s comment about illegal immigrants “poisoning the blood of our country” makes them more likely to vote for him. AP
At a Dec. 16 rally in Durham, New York, Trump made the remarks to supporters while sharply touting the number of illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. since President Biden took office. Getty Images

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have since denounced the rhetoric — even as Trump doubled down days later at a rally in Waterloo, Iowa.

“I don’t believe, as the former president said again yesterday, that immigrants pollute our blood,” Biden responded in a speech Wednesday at the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce in Milwaukee. “The economy and our nation are stronger when we utilize the full range of talent in this nation.”

Vice President Kamala Harris said in an interview later that evening with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell that people “rightly” found Trump’s words “similar to the language” of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

“I don’t believe, as the former president said again yesterday, that immigrants pollute our blood,” President Biden responded in a speech on Wednesday. AP

Hitler’s 1925 autobiography-manifesto, Mein Kampf, spoke of the “poison” of “foreign blood” being introduced into the “national body” of Germany, which he believed would dilute the “purity” of the Aryan race.

Trump has since said he “never read Mein Kampf” and claimed his comments were made “in a very different way”, adding that illegal immigration brought crime and disease across the border.

“I don’t know what that means with the blood. I know people try to make historical allusions. I don’t know if that’s what he meant,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is likely the Iowa Republican’s second choice for president, according to the Des Moines Register/NBC/Mediacom poll.

“I don’t know what that means with the blood. I know people try to make historical allusions. I don’t know if that’s what he meant,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said. Getty Images

“We need a candidate who will be able to insist on Biden’s failings without stepping in and interfering with him or doing things that will distract,” he told Fox News.

“Because now the media is focused on ‘What did he mean by that?'” instead of focusing on why Biden is failing.

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is running third behind DeSantis in Iowa, said the words were “more of the chaos and distraction that we’re trying to get rid of.”

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is running third behind DeSantis in Iowa, said the words were “more of the chaos and distraction that we’re trying to get rid of.” Getty Images

“We have to secure the border; we need to make sure we start catch and deport instead of catch and release,” Haley told Fox News. “All these things we need to do — and we can do it without the rhetoric.”

“Let’s fix the border without saying things that will piss people off,” she added.

Other Republicans mentioned family members who came to the U.S. legally as immigrants, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose wife served in the Trump administration.

The Iowa poll also found that 43 percent of GOP caucuses were more likely to vote for Trump after he said “radical left-wing thugs living like vermin” in the U.S. must be eradicated. Reuters

“It strikes me that it didn’t bother him when he appointed Elaine Chao as transportation secretary,” McConnell said of his wife, who was born in Taiwan and became a naturalized U.S. citizen as a teenager.

The Iowa poll also found that 43 percent of GOP caucus members were more likely to vote for Trump after he said “radical left-wing thugs living like parasites” in the U.S. must be rooted out, and 50 % more likely to support him after he promised to allow “large-scale raids, giant camps and mass deportations” to tackle illegal immigration.

The poll, which was conducted Dec. 2-7, reached 502 likely Iowa GOP caucus attendees and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.




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