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Trump calls Biden’s border policy a ‘conspiracy to overthrow the US’

By James Oliphant

GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) – Republican frontrunner Donald Trump accused president Joe Biden Saturday of participating in a “conspiracy to overthrow the United States” through lax security policies that have allowed millions of migrants to cross the U.S. border with Mexico.

Speaking at a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, Trump appeared to suggest, as he has done in the past, that Democrats hope to turn immigrants entering the country illegally into reliable voters.

The Biden administration, Trump argued, is trying to “collapse the American system, overturn the will of actual American voters and establish a new power base that will give them control for generations.” He didn’t work it out.

In previous statements, Trump has suggested that Democrats are purposefully allowing migrants into the country to boost their political support, a long-standing claim of the far right known as the “great replacement theory.”

The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Only US citizens can vote in federal elections. But Trump has made border security a central plank of his campaign as polls show voters in both parties increasingly concerned about the steady flow of migration.

Both Biden and Trump traveled along the southern border along Texas in separate visits on Thursday, a sign that they each view the issue as politically potent.

Trump often claims without evidence, as he did again on Saturday, that migrants have caused a spike in violent crime in American cities.

At the rally in North Carolina, Trump called the influx of migrants an “invasion” and said Biden would “turn our public schools into migrant camps.”

“We will not let them turn the United States into a dumping ground of crime and disease,” Trump said.

Under pressure from Republicans who accuse him of failing to police the border, Biden last year called on Congress to provide more enforcement funding and said he would “close the border” if given new powers to send migrants back.

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Last month, however, a bipartisan immigration bill stalled in the U.S. Senate after Trump told Republicans not to support it even though it included several border security measures they had sought.

Jennifer Mercieca, a professor at Texas A&M University who has written a book on Trump’s rhetoric, said he often uses baseless conspiracy charges to undermine opponents with “self-affirming narratives” that cannot be proven true or false .

“Previously he has said that Biden’s weakness enabled weakness at the border, but here it is a conspiracy,” she said. “Trump prevented the border bill from passing so he could make these accusations against Biden.”

Trump campaigned in North Carolina ahead of Tuesday’s primary, one of 16 nominating contests to be held across the country that will likely bring him close to clinching the Republican presidential nomination.

(Reporting by James Oliphant in Greensboro, North Carolina; additional reporting by Nathan Layne; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Jonathan Oatis)

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