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Trump says Biden's border policies are a 'conspiracy to overthrow' the US

Published 03/02/2024, 05:39 PM
Updated 03/03/2024, 04:45 AM
© Reuters. Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S., March 2, 2024.    REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

By James Oliphant

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) -Republican frontrunner Donald Trump accused President Joe Biden on Saturday of engaging in a "conspiracy to overthrow the United States" through lax security policies that have allowed millions of migrants to stream across the U.S. border with Mexico.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, Trump appeared to be suggesting, as he has in the past, that Democrats are hoping to convert migrants who enter the country illegally into reliable voters.

Biden’s administration, Trump contended, seeks “to collapse the American system, nullify the will of the actual American voters and establish a new base of power that gives them control for generations.”

Trump elaborated at an evening rally in Richmond, Virginia, after repeating the allegations. Referring to the Biden White House, he said, "They're trying to sign (migrants) up to get them to vote in the next election."

Trump also accused Biden of providing "aid and comfort to foreign enemies of the United States" as part of his border policies.

In response, Biden's campaign pointed to a border security bill in Congress Trump helped torpedo last month by urging Republicans to vote against it.

"Once again Trump is projecting in an attempt to distract the American people from the fact he killed the fairest and toughest border security bill in decades because he believed it would help his campaign. Sad," said Biden spokesperson Ammar Moussa.

Under pressure from Republicans who accuse him of failing to control the border, Biden called on Congress last year to provide more enforcement funding and said he would "shut down the border" if given new authority to turn back migrants.

Last month, however, a bipartisan immigration bill stalled in the U.S. Senate after Trump told Republicans not to support it even though it contained several border-security measures they had sought.

In past statements, Trump has suggested that Democrats are purposefully allowing migrants into the country to grow their political support, a longstanding claim espoused on the far-right known as the “great replacement theory.”

Only U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections. But Trump has made border security a central tenet of his campaign as polls show voters in both parties becoming increasingly concerned about the steady stream of migration.

Both Biden and Trump toured the southern border along Texas in separate visits on Thursday, a sign they each view the issue as politically potent.

Trump frequently claims without evidence, as he did again on Saturday, that migrants have caused a spike in violent crime in U.S. cities.

At the North Carolina rally, Trump called the influx of migrants an “invasion” and said Biden would “turn our public schools into migrant camps.”

“We are not going to let them turn the USA into a crime-filled, disease-ridden dumping ground,” Trump said.

Jennifer Mercieca, a professor at Texas A&M University who has written a book about Trump's rhetoric, said he often uses unfounded conspiracy allegations to undermine opponents with "self-sealing narratives" that can't be proven true or false.

© Reuters. Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump shields his eyes to see the media while speaking about the press at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S., March 2, 2024.    REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

"Previously he's said that Biden's weakness was allowing weakness at the border, but here it's a plot," she said. "Trump has prevented the border bill from passing so that he can make these accusations against Biden."

Trump was campaigning in North Carolina and Virginia ahead of their primaries on Tuesday, two of 16 nominating contests that will be held across the country that likely will push him close to clinching the Republican presidential nomination.

Latest comments

'conspiracy to overthrow' the US  - I guess GOP is now officially the Q party
"without evidence" How many American need to die, rapped, assaulted, robbed to recognize the millions of people have gotten into this country unbetted. We all agree that we need legal immigrants properly better to fill out our labor market. We do not need immigrants unbetted that want to live from tax payers thru goverment freebies. Give them work . Send them to work where UD needs them for 5 or 7 years to get the right to be an US citizen, no giving everything free
"How many American need to die, rapped, assaulted"  - how many americans were killed or rap-ed by illegal immigrants?  tell us, I'll wait
A path to citizenship? Sounds good, but we haven't heard any acceptance of that from the GOP since Ronald Regan.
Trump will bring down the republican party come November. America now knows he is a complete fraud.
Trump is right once again
"President Trump, in his latest address before leaving office, pledged his support for the cryptocurrency market, particularly emphasizing the $ASR token. He expressed confidence in the potential of cryptocurrencies for innovation in the financial sector and underscored the importance of their growth for the economic prosperity of the United States."
Lots of new panhandling on norther IL street intersections...not a great game plan
Least delusional Trump comment. GOP rejected a border security so they could campaign on this.
The "border security" you refer to, was a come one, come all, the gates are open to anyone!.  That's what the GOP rejected.
 "the gates are open to anyone!."  -- you are not the sharptest tool in the box are you?  you do understand that most of the illegals crossing the border avoid the gates/checkpoints???
lol.. the russian/rightwing trolls are out en force today, peddling their usual propaganda and wild conspiracy-theories... you never learn, and you never tire...
lol.. the idiot-russian/rightwing trolls are out en force today, peddling propaganda and unfounded conspiracy-theories to the simple minded...
Unchecked massive migration also caused the fall of Rome and ushered in the dark ages.
Rome fell largely due to political instability, just what Putin and his magadupes are trying to foment in the USA. The dark ages were the result of an embrace of ignorance and chaos, another maga hallmark.
One has too be a supreme dupe, a sap of the highest order not to see what Trump is trying to do here. Tainted with the stench of actual, demonstrable and documented evidence that Trump broke multiple laws in efforts to subvert democracy, he thinks Americans are so gullible that he can take policy differences with an uncorrupted and honorable President Biden and cast unfounded aspersions on them to make it sound like Biden is just as guilty as he is. Thinking people who know how to scrutinize assertions -- especially those from a life-long conman -- find it laughable and disgusting. Unfortunately, people who have put their brains in neutral find the absurd comforting.
LOL. Well, since you asked so nicely... Okay.
you cant even define communist
Clearly it means record high stock markets.
Well so far Trump has been proven right when he says the republican voters are the most naiv and dum…best in the country
the difference is, his supporters want him as president. No one wants Biden and no one is going to waste their time on election day to vote for him. President 47 Donald Trump 🇺🇲
multiple-profile 'mark'.. I'm sure no-one in russia wants Biden as president.. in the US, however, he won the presidency with a clear margin, and will win again with an even clearer one.
why don't you tell me what my other profile is. I will wait. The ones that accuse, are the ones that actually do.
Well the only way trump can stay out of prison for all his crimes is if manages to pursuade enough idi..ots vote for him and so far his got the republicans under control. As Trumps says they are the dumbest in country.
Biden called on Congress last year to provide more enforcement funding and said he would "shut down the border" if given new authority to turn back migrants........the Senate bill does NOT do that. End of story.
Trump forever!Indian vote TRUMP!
Sure. You do that.
Lmao trump cucks cross country lines too?
Trump is fighting to protect our democracy.
Not really. In fact he is figting to avoid prison
 Look Ken...we all know your another Communist. Hopefully you see the error of your thinking. In the meantime, can you just step aside and the rest of us freedom loving US citizens figure out how to correct this invasion to overthrow our great Republic.
Yeah, Ken. Can you not see the results of the Communist policies implemented by Joe Biden? Look around you!!!
President Trump 2024.
How does this simple/ton have a cult following?
Uh-uh. Except when you actually put your brain in gear and consider the demonstrable specifics of Trump's actions versus things like adrenechrome harvesting in the basement of Cosmic Ping Pong Pizza, its clear where the real threats lie.
trump took lolita express many times and you support that so you are one of them
 Lies.
Stinky Diaper Donald is again trying to persuade the americans that we have to wait 1 more year to do something about the border situation while sane republicans and democrats are trying to solve the problem NOW. Below commentators are either russian trolls or complete id.iots.
Biden is an empty suit and no doubt completely compromised. Unfortunately Trump is right , it is not nonsense . The U.S. is in serious trouble.
Unfounded paranoia.
Bidens bogus border bill, in plain English, assured continued illegal immigration. Every good aspect of the bill was fodder for media to pedal when none of it mattered.
Joe Biden is a Pedophile and so are his supporters
meanwhile, your hero 'grab em by the p..sy'-trump used to date his daughter and hang out with his bff epstein.. oh, and btw he's a convicted sex-offender.. but sure.. biden is the bad guy here...🤡
more unhinged rambling nonsense from the orange criminal..
Lets go Brandon
The Migrants that come from south of the border are God fearing, Family oriented, Hardworking folks, that would love to do your job for a fraction of the money.
I see Tom, trying to spread a bit of fear among the illiterate and misinformed. yes Tom the boogyman is coming to get you.
Which is why there are very few women and children with these fighting age men. 🙄 Family oriented my arse!
mark still spreading more far right misinformation and debunked conspiracy...yes mark the boogyman is coming to get you too. what people should be afraid of, is far Right crazy white men with guns the're the ones most likely to commit crimes in America.
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