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Trump's 'good genes' comment at Bemidji rally draws condemnation


September 22, 2020

Alex Kormann – Star Tribune

President Donald Trump's remarks at a campaign rally in Bemidji on Friday, Sept. 18, included both negative references to refugees and praise for the "good genes" of his almost all-white audience.

President Donald Trump's praise of a nearly all white crowd's "good genes" came during a Friday night rally in Bemidji where he also sharpened attacks on refugees.

He opened his speech by calling the group "hardworking American patriots" and raising alarms that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would flood the state with Somali refugees. Trump said near the end of his wide-ranging, nearly two-hour speech that the state was pioneered by men and women who were tough and strong and braved the wilderness and winters to build a better life.

"You have good genes, you know that, right?" Trump said. "You have good genes. A lot of it is about the genes, isn't it, don't you believe? The racehorse theory. You think we're so different? You have good genes in Minnesota."


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