Comedian Roseanne Barr didn’t mince words in her response to a tweet from President Joe Biden’s account addressing the escalating fentanyl overdose crisis.
“Deaths from fentanyl are an American tragedy that requires global action,” Biden’s account posted last week.
“I’m committed to doing everything I can to control this crisis – from expanding prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery, to working with Chinese, Mexican, and Canadian partners to tackle this,” his account noted further.
Barr responded: “Close the fucking border then, dips**t.”
Deaths from fentanyl are an American tragedy that requires global action.
I’m committed to doing everything I can to control this crisis – from expanding prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery, to working with Chinese, Mexican, and Canadian partners to tackle this.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 21, 2023
Thousands of Americans experience drug overdoses annually, and this figure has been consistently increasing during Biden’s administration following the reversal of almost all of former President Donald Trump’s border security and immigration enforcement policies.
“Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as an analgesic (pain relief) and anesthetic. It is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin as an analgesic,” the Drug Enforcement Agency notes on its website.
“Rates of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, increased over 22% from 2020 to 2021. The rate of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids in 2021 was nearly 22 times the rate in 2013. Nearly 71,000 drug overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids other than methadone in 2021,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added.
In a report, the DEA notes further:
Currently, China remains the primary source of fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked through
international mail and express consignment operations environment, as well as the main source for all
fentanyl-related substances trafficked into the United States. Seizures of fentanyl sourced from China
average less than one kilogram in weight, and often test above 90 percent concentration of pure fentanyl.
As Beijing and the Hong Kong Special Autonomous Region (SAR) place restrictions on more precursor
chemicals, Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are diversifying their sources of supply.
On the other hand, media figures, Democrats, and various pundits frequently criticized the border wall proposed by then-President Trump as “racist” and “anti-immigrant.” However, many of them have not expressed similar disapproval towards Biden, even as his administration declared the resumption of wall construction amid the severe crises of illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
“The Biden administration announced last week it would waive 26 federal restrictions to accelerate construction of the wall along the Texas-Mexico border. President Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have said their hands were essentially tied and their policy that walls don’t work hasn’t changed,” Fox News reported.
Mayorkas claimed in a statement: “We have repeatedly asked Congress to rescind this money, but it has not done so, and we are compelled to follow the law.”
However, the mainstream media consistently criticized Trump for his border wall initiative.
For instance, former CNN host Chris Cuomo characterized Trump’s emphasis on the wall as a “cure-all” and accused him of promoting a narrative akin to a “Game of Thrones” drama, portraying immigrants as a threat. On MSNBC, Jason Johnson labeled a southern border wall as a “monument to White Nationalism,” and Rick Tyler, an MSNBC contributor, unfoundedly claimed that the wall was aimed at keeping “non-White people” out.
Tyler also questioned the lack of concern for Canadians, citing what he called the “biggest Visa overstays.” Maria Hinojosa, president and CEO of Futuro Media Group, asserted on MSNBC that the wall was “racist,” alleging that it aimed to keep people like her, her students, and their families out, attributing it to causing human suffering without providing evidence.