Donald Trump’s fascist rhetoric about how immigrants are “poisoning the blood” of the country, as well as the Republican Party’s embrace of the “grand replacement theory,” are repellent to many Americans. But for a surprising number of people, the new search results provided exclusively for Rolling Stone As it turns out, the message that immigrants pose a grim threat to the nation is being met with enthusiasm — or a dangerous shrug of indifference.
More than a third of 2020 Trump voters — 35 percent — agree with Trump's claim, reiterated by fascists before him, that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country,” according to Amherst poll results Poll from the University of Massachusetts. Only 32% of Trump voters and 37% of Republicans openly disagree with the Nazi slogan.
Trump began using blood poisoning rhetoric late last year, escalating his long-standing hateful statements that migrants are “rapists,” “murderers” or “animals.” The notion that immigrants are corrupting the national lineage, however, directly reflects Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. Trump believes this fascist rhetoric works for him and has said privately that “blood poisoning” is a “great phrase,” a source previously said. Rolling Stone.
A solid 54% of Americans disagree with the sentiment of blood poisoning – and 39% “strongly.” More worrying is that a quarter of the country is practically neutral on this; they “neither agree nor disagree” with the researcher’s statement. The poll indicates that Trump's elegant speech may not dissuade voters who are not already repulsed by the former president. The message is, however, decidedly objectionable to Latinos, of whom 64% disagree, as well as 80% of liberals.
For an academic who supervised the polls, the results are worrying: “There is a significant market for openly authoritarian ideologies in the United States,” says Jesse Rhodes, professor of political science at UMass Amherst. “It would be naive to think that these ideas will eventually disappear on their own,” he adds, insisting that those who recognize their danger need to be “persistent and loud in challenging them.”
Perhaps more disheartening, researchers at UMass Amherst have also researched ideas that support the “grand replacement theory.” GRT is a racist conspiracy theory that falsely claims that a shadowy cabal of globalists, often thought to be Jews, are opening the immigration floodgates to purposely undermine the influence of white Americans by adding new voters of color who will support the conspiracy.
The theory — which was once only a fringe fascination of white nationalists — has been spread by right-wing media personalities like Tucker Carlson, X owner Elon Musk, and high-ranking Republican politicians like Trump and Representative Elise Stefanik of New York. Stefanik infamously claimed that “Democrats desperately want open borders and mass amnesty for illegals, allowing them to vote.”
Researchers asked voters several questions related to the GRT, including whether “the growth in the number of immigrants in the country means that America is at risk of losing its culture and identity” and whether “some elected officials want to increase immigration, the in order to bring in obedient voters who will vote for them.”
Two-thirds of Trump voters agree with the statement about loss of identity and 76% agree with the conspiracy theory about “obedient voters.” (Incidentally, this is exactly the same percentage of Trump voters who want to see the former president empowered to be dictator for a day, in part so he can strengthen the border.)
In the poll's most surprising result, a plurality of Americans, 43 percent, believe strongly or somewhat in the “obedient voters” theory, while only 29 percent of voters reject it. “It would be easy to dismiss the grand replacement theory as a white supremacist fever dream. But this simplistic view would significantly underestimate the appeal of the theory,” says Rhodes, the political scientist.
He highlights that a significant number of Democrats (24 percent) and independents (41 percent) align with his principles. Even substantial blocks of black, Asian and Latino voters are attracted to the falsehood, says Rhodes, pointing out that “many Americans of color are also concerned about immigration” and that this “anxiety makes them vulnerable to harmful and xenophobic conspiracy theories.” .
The challenging reality, Rhodes insists, is that “grand replacement theory does not fall neatly along ideological lines – its appeal is much broader.” Amid a national climate undermined by dramatic economic, social, and technological change, Rhodes argues, the big idea of replacement “works like a 'should' conspiracy theory, providing a clear, organized explanation for events—and identifying those to blame for instability”.