Former US President Donald Trump, who has been agitating against migrants and foreigners for years, further intensified his rhetoric during the election campaign and deliberately stirred up fears. At a campaign appearance in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Trump accused Democratic President Joe Biden of causing a “bloodbath” with his border policy.

Trump claimed that Biden’s lax migration policy meant America was facing an “invasion” of criminals from other countries coming out of prisons and “madhouses” and attacking and killing innocent people in the United States. “These are not people, they are animals,” said Trump.

Under Biden, every US state is a border state and every US city is a border city, said the incumbent’s likely challenger in the presidential election at the beginning of November. “Because Joe Biden has brought the carnage, the chaos and the killing to us from around the world and dumped it right in our backyards.”

Trump wants to seal the border on his first day in office

Trump continued: “We will stop the looting, the rape, the slaughter and the destruction of our American suburbs, cities and towns.” If re-elected, he would seal the border on his first day in office. “And we will begin the largest deportation operation in the history of our country,” said the Republican. At the same time, he warned that the country would “cease to exist” if he was not re-elected president.

Trump regularly uses radical rhetoric, uses hateful and dehumanizing language, makes racist statements and incites against minorities. He recently caused a stir in another context with, of all things, the term “bloodbath,” which he placed at the center of his speech in Michigan and displayed in large letters on his standing desk.

“If I’m not elected, there will be a bloodbath”

At a campaign event in the state of Ohio in mid-March, the ex-president spoke about how he wanted to make it more difficult to sell Chinese cars on the US market. He added: “If I’m not elected, there will be a bloodbath. (…) It will be a bloodbath for the country.” That made big waves.

Trump’s campaign team weighed it down and tried to argue that the 77-year-old had only spoken about the US auto industry and that the “bloodbath” quote had been taken out of context. In Grand Rapids, Trump addressed the controversy, saying people were trying to misattribute the term to him. What Biden is causing is actually a “bloodbath”.