The day after Halloween, Sen. Chuck Grassley was spreading some fear of his own on Twitter.
Grassley tweeted about the amount of fentanyl that had been seized at the US-Mexico border, claiming it was enough to kill more than a fourth of the world’s population. He blamed the success of Customs and Border Patrol in seizing the drugs on Pres. Joe Biden.
Welcome 2 Pres Biden’s America where 10,000 pounds of fentanyl hv been seized by Customs & Border patrol so far this fiscal yr which is enough to kill over 2 billion ppl or more than 1/4 of the world’s population
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) November 1, 2021
Grassley isn’t the only Republican in Congress who has made a big show of fentanyl seizures at the border. For a few months now, Republicans have emphasized the number of drugs being caught before they could be distributed as a way to critique President Joe Biden’s border polices. The numbers have been used to argue for returning to Trump-era policies and to blame Biden for a problem that’s existed for decades.
“Criminals have tried to smuggle illegal drugs into the United States for many years. It’s happened during Republican administrations; it’s happened during Democratic administrations,” a MSNBC article reported yesterday. “…That is, of course, what we want them to do. If officials have seized 10,000 pounds of fentanyl so far this fiscal year, that’s evidence of the system working as intended.”
Almost instantly, there was backlash, and questions about why Grassley is upset about drugs being caught.
I know you are trying to criticize Biden but all this really says to anyone normal is:
"Thank you Joe Biden for seizing this fentanyl and saving millions of lives!"
— PCR RitesGood (@pcrritesgood) November 1, 2021
Republicans apparently don't want fentanyl to be seized at the border.
— snow🗽 (@snowmanomics) November 1, 2021
You do realize that your point PROVES that the system is WORKIING???
Drugs are being SEIZED – means they are NOT illegally entering the country for use!!!
— Sandy (like a beach) Shriver (@SandyShriver9) November 1, 2021
by Nikoel Hytrek