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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Biden compares Trump's 'vermin' remarks to Nazi rhetoric

President Joe Biden on Tuesday decried former President Donald Trump’s recent remarks calling his political foes “vermin” as rhetoric reminiscent of Nazi Germany. During a rally in New Hampshire last weekend, Trump vowed to “root out” groups he characterized as “vermin” who act as “threats from within” the U.S. “We pledge to you that we will root out the communists, Marxists, fascists and the radical left thugs that live like vermin within the confines of our country,” Trump said while pushing baseless claims of widespread election fraud led by his opponents. Trump's "vermin" comments are the latest in a series of recent remarks lashing out at political and legal opponents in increasingly violent terms. Biden excoriated Trump’s remarks as language echoing Nazi Germany in the 1930s during a campaign fundraiser in San Francisco on Tuesday night. Nazi propaganda referred to Jewish people as “vermin” who need to be extinguished for plaguing lands, comparing them to rats that spread diseases. “In just the last few days, Trump has said, if he returns office, he’s gonna go after all those who oppose him and wipe out what he called the vermin, quote, the vermin in America — a specific phrase with a specific meaning,” Biden said. “It echoes language you heard in Nazi Germany in the '30s. And it isn’t even the first time,” he added. “Trump also recently talked about, quote, the blood of America is being poisoned. The blood of America is being poisoned. Again, it echoes the same phrases used in Nazi Germany.” Reached for comment Wednesday morning in response to Biden’s criticism of Trump’s remarks, Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said in a statement that “it’s despicable and racist” for Biden “to make that disgusting connection.” “But I wouldn’t expect him to conduct himself in an honorable manner. He’s clearly suffering from a severe case of Trump derangement syndrome and should get professional help,” he said, adding that “there has been no bigger ally to Israel and the Jewish people than” Trump. Cheung continued: “He renewed America’s cherished friendship and alliance with Israel and took historic action to promote peace in the Middle East. Whereas Biden’s weak and disastrous leadership has made America and the rest of the world less safe.” Biden's campaign and White House officials also blasted Trump’s remarks this week. CAPITOL RIOT Self-proclaimed journalist John Sullivan convicted on all charges in Jan. 6 riot case “On a weekend when most Americans were honoring our nation’s heroes, Donald Trump parroted the autocratic language of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini — two dictators many U.S. veterans gave their lives fighting, in order to defeat exactly the kind of un-American ideas Trump now champions,” Biden campaign spokesperson Ammar Moussa said in a statement Monday, referring to the commemoration of Veterans Day last weekend. White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said Monday in a statement, quoting a Washington Post headline, “Employing words like ‘vermin’ to describe anyone who makes use of their basic right to criticize the government ‘echoes dictators’ like Hitler and Mussolini. Using terms like that about dissent would be unrecognizable to our founders, but horrifyingly recognizable to American veterans who put on their country’s uniform in the 1940s. ” Prior to Biden’s remarks Tuesday night, Cheung had pushed back on comparisons of Trump’s comments to Nazis and past authoritarian leaders such as Hitler. “Those who try to make that ridiculous assertion are clearly snowflakes grasping for anything because they are suffering from Trump derangement syndrome and their sad, miserable existence will be crushed when President Trump returns to the White House,” Cheung said Monday in a statement. Trump’s public statements in recent weeks have taken a dark and aggressive turn, including attacks on law enforcement officials involved in various legal cases against him. In a Monday post to his Truth Social platform, Trump warned special counsel Jack Smith, former Justice Department official Andrew Weissmann and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco will end up in a mental institution if he is re-elected as president next year. They will end up, Trump said, “suffering from a horrible disease, TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME (TDS!), in a Mental Institution by the time my next term as President is successfully completed. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” Smith is serving as special counsel in two Trump federal investigations: the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results and his mishandling of classified documents after he departed the White House. Trump has pleaded not guilty to charges in both cases. Trump on Tuesday also reposted a now-deleted statement on Truth Social from a user who wrote that they hope for a “citizens arrest” of New York Attorney General Letitia James and Judge Arthur Engoron amid the $250 million civil fraud trial that jeopardizes the Trump family’s real estate empire. Trump has repeatedly accused James and Engoron of election interference by attempting to hurt his chances of re-election with the trial, which he has decried as a “witch hunt.” For more information, visit us at https://www.beverlyhillsimmigrationlaw.com/.

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