Marco Rubio defends Donald Trump remarks that immigrants are ‘poisoning the blood’ of the U.S.

'He’s not talking in an ethnic or racial way.'

A Florida Senator who is in the vice presidential mix is pushing back against criticisms of Donald Trump’s comments about migration from Latin American countries.

During a Noticias Telemundo interview, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio answered pointed questions from interviewer Julio Vaqueiro about whether Latino immigrants are “poisoning the blood” of the country, saying they were idiomatic and not reflective of any racism by the former President.

“To begin with, I think he speaks that way and in that manner. There’ve been Hispanics in his Cabinet, or rather, on his staff. As the press mentions, he’s considering one as his vice presidential running mate. He’s had very strong ties to the community,” Rubio said in Spanish, with an English translation provided by the network.

“Second, it’s a mistake to think that the immigration that’s coming into this country is only from Latin America. It’s from all over the world. I believe that when he speaks that way, what he’s saying is that this is a danger to the country. He’s not talking in an ethnic or racial way. He’s talking about how no country can withstand 10 or 11 million people across three and a half years of irregular, uncontrolled, complete chaos on the border. No country allows it.”

Pressed further, Rubio said “poisoning the blood” is simply a “saying that he uses, but it has nothing to do with race, because in the end, he’s talking about the country, not the population.”

“The country is threatened by this influx of people, which we now know even includes criminals and terrorists,” the third-term Republican Senator said.

During the same interview, Rubio also addressed ongoing speculation that he could be on the Trump ticket, noting that he’s not new to the VP derby.

“I went through the same speculation with Mitt Romney in 2012, and that’s normal, because the Primary campaigns are over and the conventions being next, and obviously, a debate as well. So, there are people covering politics that have to cover something, and, naturally, they’re going to pick somebody. I haven’t talked to the (Trump campaign) about that,” he said.

He added that “the bottom line is that if one has the opportunity to serve this country as vice president, it’s an honor to be considered, and at the same time, a great opportunity to continue to serve.”

“I’m happy in my role in the Senate, but to have the possibility of being part of the executive branch is something that one has to consider very seriously,” Rubio asserted.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • tom palmer

    June 13, 2024 at 3:57 pm

    Poisoning the blood is a fascist dog whistle and Sen, Rubio knows it. Fawning ambition is painful to behold.

    • My Take

      June 13, 2024 at 4:20 pm

      Why would immigrant-hating heartless MAGA even need blood?

      • Dick Whitaker

        June 13, 2024 at 4:40 pm

        How many are you putting up at your house? Go to your city council and propose an immigrant tent city in your town. Let’s see how that goes.

        • My Take

          June 13, 2024 at 5:01 pm

          As they used to say.

          • Dick Whitaker

            June 13, 2024 at 5:11 pm

            Yep, another sanctuary city liberal until they show up at your town.

          • My Take

            June 13, 2024 at 5:25 pm

            The MAGA goofs inflate themselves with some things (heard on hate media) they want to say and then have to blurt it out somewhere whether fitting or not.

        • TJC

          June 15, 2024 at 12:22 pm


    • MH/Duuuval

      June 13, 2024 at 11:43 pm

      I’d be embarrassed to be his kid, watching poppa kowtow to the Great Empty Head.

  • Elvis Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    June 13, 2024 at 4:00 pm

    Good afternoon Sage Patriots and Dook 4 Brains Leftys,
    Perhaps more importantly and much more Sagely, I, Elvis Pitts American endorse “The Donald’s Sage statement.
    Thank you Sage Patriots and Dook 4 Brains Leftys,
    Elvis Pitts American

  • sundance

    June 13, 2024 at 4:29 pm

    Dye America and the zoo
    All new poison

  • My Take

    June 13, 2024 at 5:06 pm

    More useful terms for Trumpie:
    “Master race”

  • Michael K

    June 13, 2024 at 5:59 pm

    Lil’ Marco will bend whichever way the wind is blowing, and continue to humiliate himself in servitude to… a convicted felon.

    Rubio says of Trunp: “He’s not talking in an ethnic or racial way.”

    Has Lil’ Marco not been listening? Is he smoking crack? Could he possibly be that stupid? That trope goes back through generations who have used that language for “ethnic cleansing” and racial and anti-semitic dog whistles.

    • Elvis Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      June 13, 2024 at 7:35 pm

      Michael K,
      You may have missed it but Elvis has already “Weighed In” and said everything that needed to be said.
      Your commentary will be ignored.
      Elvis Pitts American.

  • PeterH

    June 13, 2024 at 7:27 pm

    The Rubio spin machine fails miserably! Trump does not approve of race mixing….. it’s pretty simple to understand where Trump secured his message of hate.

  • MH/Duuuval

    June 13, 2024 at 11:41 pm

    The smart money in Germany — the politicians and wealthy — all imagined they could “manage” Hitler. But, he “managed” them in the end.

    • Tom

      June 14, 2024 at 8:45 am

      I remember hearing congress members refer to trump as a useful idiot that they could manage while pursuing their legislative agenda – then they actually met the guy. History just keeps repeating itself I guess.

  • LexT

    June 14, 2024 at 9:16 am

    We have immigration laws. Democrats chose not to enforce the laws. If the legislature wants to do something different, change the laws. We treat illegal immigrants as second-class citizens. Illegals don’t feel good approaching police, they cannot honestly pay taxes, and they use resources for tax-paying citizens. It is silly not to have an effective border with today’s technology. Once the border is actually closed, we can negotiate on handling those here.

    • Michael K

      June 14, 2024 at 10:17 am

      You forget that Republicans refused to support their own bipartisan legislation because Trumo has nothing else to run on except xenophobia and racist anger. They don’t want a solution, just anger to rile their base.

  • woke up right now

    June 14, 2024 at 9:26 am

    Little Marco is seriously delusional. In my opinion, Tramp is just pretending to consider Little Marco (and Tim Scott) as a potential VP. Tramp will pick a white male because that is who he is. Tramp has made repeated racist slurs against Latinos. He called the Mexicans – rapists and thugs. It is just pathetic that Little Marco is trying to put lipstick on a racist pig. What’s next, Marco changing Herr Shartncourt’s dirty diapers?

  • Stop The DeSantards

    June 14, 2024 at 11:03 am

    What would a Cuban Uncle Tom be? Tío Tomás?

  • My Take

    June 14, 2024 at 3:34 pm

    Were the Marielistas race poison?
    There were accusations then that Castro was clearing his prisons and asylums.

    • MH/Duuuval

      June 17, 2024 at 9:37 pm

      Mostly true — a win-win for Castro. Political dissidents left and so did the criminals and mentally ill.

      There was an uptick in crime in South Florida due to Marielistos, but those with family or friends blended in and signed up for the benefits package that anti-Castro Congress laid out for them.

      However, this was the beginning of a rift inside the Cuban community, primarily due to race and class.

  • Tjb

    June 15, 2024 at 2:01 pm

    Rubio is correct that immigrants are poisoning the blood of Americans.

    Marco is a perfect example of this poisoning… his family are Cuban immigrants .

    • MH/Duuuval

      June 16, 2024 at 9:14 pm

      Ask Rubio if he checks the box on his census form: white hispanic

  • Silly Wabbit

    June 15, 2024 at 3:06 pm

    Wubio wacist.

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