Former President Donald Trump on Thursday night suggested without evidence that thousands of Haitian migrants who are reported to be headed to the US-Mexico border are suffering from AIDS.
“We have thousands of people coming from Haiti,” Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News. “Haiti has a tremendous AIDS problem. AIDS is a step forward. AIDS is a real bad problem.
“So there are hundreds of thousands of people coming into our country that if you look at the statistics, if you look at the numbers, if you look at — take a look at what’s happening in Haiti, there’s a tremendous problem with AIDS,” ex. President added. “Many of them will probably have AIDS and they’re coming into our country and we don’t do anything about it. We let everyone in. Sean, it’s like a death wish. It’s our country’s wish.” It’s like a death wish.”
The United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS estimates that 150,000 Haitians are living with the virus that causes AIDS. However, those who are reportedly heading towards the US-Mexico border are believed to have come from countries in South America that left Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January 2010.
Late last month, Panama’s foreign minister suggested that up to 60,000 migrants, many of whom are of Haitian descent, be making their way to the southwestern border. The claim by Erica Moynes came days after the Biden administration evacuated thousands more migrants from a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. About 5,000 of those who arrived at the border were deported back to Haiti by border officials on a series of deportation flights.
Trump also alleged that dozens of countries were “emptying their prisons in the United States” in echo of some of his notorious anti-immigration rhetoric from the 2016 campaign.
“Some of the hardest people on earth are being dumped in the United States because they don’t want them,” he said. “They do not want to take care of him for the next 40 years. So these people who are the harshest prisoners anywhere are being dumped in the United States of America for our care. what are they doing? They are destroying our country.”
Voters have given Joe Biden low marks for his handling of immigration. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that only 25 percent approve of his performance on the issue, while just 23 percent approve of his response to the ongoing crisis on the southwestern border. In the same poll, 51 percent disapproved of the move to send migrants back from Texas to Haiti without a chance to apply for asylum, while just 37 percent approved.
Later in the interview, Trump spoke out against the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for people who already have the disease, telling Hannity that Americans “should have their freedom.”
“They want to force people who have the vaccine, whereas in fact, when you have it, you don’t need the vaccine, you become immune,” he said, later adding: “Those people Why are you forced to get the vaccine? Remember this, drug companies make a lot of money and they love it. I don’t know who else wants it, or likes it, but when you get it, So you don’t need to get vaccinated.”
The former president also spoke out against the Justice Department’s move this week to crack down on alleged threats against school board members and other administrators – but refrained from criticizing Attorney General Merrick Garland directly.
“He’s a respected man. I hope he does what’s right,” Trump said of Garland. “This country is at a breaking point. This country is not going to stand up for it anymore. But that’s how He is a man who has always been highly respected. He is on the liberal side of things, and is expected to do what is right. But Sean, the country can’t take anything more than that. They can’t.
“They are parents who love their country and they love their kids, and they don’t want all this crap being fed to their kids,” he said. “They just don’t want it, and you know, they’re trying to make them terrorists… how crazy is that?”