The Republican Primary Consensus for Sending the Military Into Mexico

Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“When Sen. Tim Scott (R–S.C.), a comparatively affable chap in the context of contemporary GOP politics, announced his 2024 presidential bid on Monday, the speech was predictably full of the upbeat, anecdotal, ain’t-America-grand stuff that Scott, like generations of Republicans before him, has made central to his political career. Then things suddenly turned dark. ‘When I am president, the drug cartels using Chinese labs and Mexican factories to kill Americans will cease to exist,’ Scott vowed. ‘I will freeze their assets, I will build the wall, and I will allow the world’s greatest military to fight these terrorists. Because that’s exactly what they are.’ Scott’s bellicosity was no mere bolt from the blue. … here are the top six 2024 GOP presidential candidates talking in their own words about using the U.S. military in Mexico to fight fentanyl-dealing drug cartels.” (05/24/23)