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Trump’s Last Meeting with Christian Conservatives Before Debate

Trump’s Last Meeting with Christian Conservatives Before Debate

This Saturday, Former President and current Presidential Candidate Donald Trump spent his time meeting with Conservative Christian constituents. At an organized event with the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C., Trump began his speech by attacking Biden’s campaign policies for inflation, climate spending, and the federal deficit. Later in the day, he would go on to suggest bizarre ideas regarding migration.

“On day one, we will throw out the Bidenomics and replace it with the MAGAnomics quickly,” Trump explained, blaming inflation on Biden’s policies. Specifically, Trump pulled out a pack of Tic Tacs during his address to explain inflation, though he didn’t detail any connection verbally, and instead relied on the visual comparison between a small pack of Tic Tacs and a bigger one.

 

 

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Although props are strictly prohibited in CNN’s presidential debates, he explained that this tactic is something he might save for his upcoming debate with incumbent President Joe Biden. More importantly, hate speech is also not permitted during Presidential debates, but that didn’t stop the presidential candidate from making some ill-judged suggestions for a migrant-only fighting league to be broadcasted on national television.

After promising to leave the issue of abortion to the states, Trump moved on to the topic of illegal migration from the U.S.-Mexico border. He began by reminding the crowd of his friendship with Dana White, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president, then pitched his idea to the crowd. 

 

 

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“‘Dana, I have an idea: Why don’t you set up a migrant league of fighters and have your regular league of fighters,’” suggested Trump, explaining that he believes the migrants would win because they’re “tough.” He went on to add that White wasn’t fond of the idea, but Trump still believed it wasn’t the “worst idea” he’s ever had. 

In light of this recent rhetoric, the Biden administration swiftly denounced the suggestion that same Saturday. Spokesperson Sarafina Chitika said it was, “fitting that convicted felon Donald Trump spent his time at a religious conference threatening to round up Latinos, bragging about ripping away Americans’ freedoms, and promising to be even more extreme if he regains power.” 

Ultimately, now that the presidential candidates are nearing their debate, tensions are high on both sides of the political spectrum. Constituents are expecting confidence in their candidate’s decisions through careful rhetoric, and inflammatory notions such as a migrant UFC league can cause irreparable damage amidst an already fragile social and political settings.

 


Mawadda Moussa | Immigration Correspondent

I’m interested in working as an Immigration Correspondent intern because I believe that immigrant communities of various backgrounds have incredibly important stories to tell, and their voices need to be amplified through initiatives like this in order to enact real, tangible change. I would like to pursue stories exploring local laws impacting lives, anti-immigrant treatment, and even my own personal experiences and insight into the immigrant conversation. Stories like that are significant because they contribute to the visibility of these struggles, and in order for issues to be addressed, they must first be acknowledged.