Rep. Waters Calls for Probe into Trump's 2024 Election Rhetoric

Representative Maxine Waters calls for investigations into former President Donald Trump's rhetoric about potential violence if he loses the 2024 election. Trump has suggested that Chinese immigrants are forming a "migrant army" to attack America, sparking concerns over discrimination and violence against Asian Americans.

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Rep. Waters Calls for Probe into Trump's 2024 Election Rhetoric

Rep. Waters Calls for Probe into Trump's 2024 Election Rhetoric

Representative Maxine Waters is calling for investigations into former President Donald Trump's rhetoric about potential violence if he loses the 2024 election, citing concerns over right-wing organizations and targeting of people of color. Since the start of the year, Trump has alluded to "fighting-age" or "military-age" Chinese men at least six times, suggesting that they were forming a "migrant army" to attack America.

Why this matters: Trump's rhetoric has the potential to incite violence and discrimination against Asian Americans, and it is essential to investigate and hold him accountable for his words. This incident also highlights the need for responsible political discourse and the importance of fact-checking claims made by public figures.

Trump's claims have been echoed in conservative media and on social platforms. "They're coming in from China, 31, 32,000 over the last few months, and they're all military age, and they mostly are men... And it sounds like to me, are they trying to build a little army in our country? Is that what they're trying to do?" Trump said.

However, Chinese immigrants in Flushing, New York, tell a different story. They have come to the United States to escape poverty, financial losses, and repression in China, not to build an army. Wang Gang, a 36-year-old Chinese immigrant, said, "It is impossible that they would walk on foot for over one month for that purpose... We came here to make money." Another immigrant, Chen Wang, 36, from southeastern China, said he came to the U.S. after posting critical comments about the ruling party on Twitter and fearing imprisonment.

In 2023, U.S. authorities arrested more than 37,000 Chinese nationals at the U.S.-Mexico border, more than 10 times the previous year's number. In December alone, border officials arrested 5,951 Chinese nationals on the southern border, a record monthly high. Asian advocacy organizations worry that Trump's rhetoric could encourage further harassment and violence toward the Asian community, which saw more hate incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cynthia Choi, co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate and co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, said, "Trump's dehumanizing rhetoric and blatant attacks against immigrant communities will, without question, only fuel more hate against not only Chinese immigrants but all Asian Americans in the U.S." China has said it strongly opposes illegal immigration, calling Trump's claims of a Chinese migrant army an "egregious mismatch of the facts." The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to requests for comment.

Representative Maxine Waters' call for investigations into Trump's rhetoric highlights the concerns over the potential consequences of his claims, including further harassment and violence toward the Asian community. As the 2024 election approaches, the impact of Trump's rhetoric on immigrant communities and the political landscape remains to be seen.

Key Takeaways

  • Rep. Maxine Waters calls for investigations into Trump's rhetoric on potential violence if he loses 2024 election.
  • Trump suggests "military-age" Chinese men are forming a "migrant army" to attack America, sparking concerns over Asian American safety.
  • Fact-checking reveals Chinese immigrants come to the US to escape poverty and repression, not to build an army.
  • Asian advocacy groups worry Trump's rhetoric could fuel hate incidents, which increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • China opposes illegal immigration, calling Trump's claims an "egregious mismatch of the facts."