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‘It’s An Absurd Question’: J.D. Vance Explodes At AP Reporter For Comparing Trump And Hitler

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Senator J.D. Vance criticized an Associated Press reporter for framing her question in a way that implied a comparison between former President Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler.

Vance defended Trump’s remarks about illegal immigrants, stating they were related to the fentanyl overdose statistics.

He accused the press of being more upset with Trump’s criticism than with President Biden’s policies. (Trending: Assault Weapons Ban Set To Take Effect, Here’s What To Know)

When the reporter persisted, Vance challenged her for implying that Trump’s language was akin to Hitler’s, calling it absurd and urging journalists to focus on the real issues.

“What do you have to say to the former president’s comments over the weekend about immigrants and saying that they’re ‘poisoning the blood of America’?” an Associated Press reporter asked.

“First of all, he didn’t say immigrants were poisoning the blood of this country. He said illegal immigrants were poisoning the blood of the country,” Vance said.

“Which is objectively and obviously true to anybody who looks at the statistics about fentanyl overdoses.”

“You guys seem far more upset about the guy who criticized the problem than you did about Joe Biden, who’s causing the problem.”

“Can we just go back to his comments, though, and sort of using language that we heard, you know, during World War II — I’m sure you’re a student of history, you’re well aware what that kind of language represents in historical context,” the reporter added.

“What organization do you represent?” Vance questioned.

“I work at the Associated Press,” she said.

“The idea that I am well aware, you just framed your question implicitly assuming that Donald Trump is talking about Adolf Hitler,” Vance shot back.

“It’s absurd. It is absurd.”

“I think this is ridiculous,” he added.

“If you watch the speech in context and you look at what’s going on, it is obvious that he was talking about the very clear fact that the blood of Americans is being poisoned by a drug epidemic.”

“To take that comment and then to immediately assume that he’s talking about immigrants as Adolf Hitler talked about Jews is preposterous.”

“You guys need to wake up and actually do some journalism.”

“Should he use different language then?” the reporter pressed. “Because that’s language that Hitler used —”

“Here’s the problem with that question and that framing,” Vance shot back.

“You are allegedly a journalist. You’re supposed to speak truth to power, and yet you’re trying to circumscribe and narrow the limits of debate on immigration in this country.”

“What you’re doing is not speaking truth to power. You’re trying to police the guy who’s criticizing the problem so that Americans don’t pay attention to the guy who caused the problem.”

“It’s an absurd question, it’s an absurd framing.”

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