President Joe Biden’s campaign accused former President Donald Trump of wanting to incarcerate Latinos in detention camps. The campaign shared a short clip of Trump’s speech at an event in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Friday in which he shared plans to start a deportation operation on his first day in office should he win the general election in November.
“Trump calls for mass detention camps and rounding up millions of Latinos,” the Biden Harris HQ captioned the eight-second clip.
“And within moments of my inauguration, we will begin the largest deportation operation in American history,” Trump said in the video.
Trump calls for mass detention camps and rounding up millions of Latinos pic.twitter.com/I6Odws74v8
— Biden-Harris HQ (@BidenHQ) February 10, 2024
Despite the campaign’s caption, Trump does not say anything about Latinos or detention camps in his speech.
Before that part of the clip, Trump laid out his plans to deal with Texas’ efforts to secure the southern border differently. Criticizing the Biden administration’s handling of the issue, he said, “Instead of trying to send the state of Texas a restraining order, I will send them reinforcements. They’re going to get reinforcements. They’re doing a good job. And I’ll use all necessary military and law enforcement forces to defend the United States of America. We’re going to be very strong.”
The Biden campaign has claimed that Trump is planning to lock people up in detention camps in the past, one of the latest instances being its recent claim that the GOP frontrunner was echoing Adolf Hitler’s rhetoric by saying in December that illegal immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country.”
Trump’s remarks about illegal immigrants came amid a speech in New Hampshire, in which he added, “That’s what they’ve done. They poison mental institutions and prisons all over the world, not just in South America, not just to three or four countries that we think about, but all over the world. They’re coming into our country from Africa, from Asia, all over the world.”
Asserting that Trump was parroting Hitler, the Biden campaign said, “Donald Trump channeled his role models as he parroted Adolf Hitler, praised Kim Jong Un, and quoted Vladimir Putin while running for president on a promise to rule as a dictator and threaten American democracy. Trump is not shying away from his plan to lock up millions of people into detention camps and continues to lie about that time when Joe Biden obliterated him by over 7 million votes three years ago.”