SUN CITY, Ariz.—U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters said Congress should impeach President Joe Biden for his role in the illegal migrant crisis resulting in a flood of fentanyl across the southern border into the United States.
At the same time, Trump-endorsed Masters, a Republican, said his incumbent opponent, Democrat Mark Kelly, has done little to stem the national security crisis since he took office and should be held accountable.
“Where’s Mark Kelly on this? I think Mark Kelly should have to attend some of the funerals of the [fentanyl victims] on this,” said Masters during a Republican gathering in Sun City, Arizona, on Oct. 1.
“Do you ever get the feeling they’re doing this on purpose?” Masters said.
A crowd of over 400 people attended the event sponsored by the Sun City West Republican Club, during which former Arizona U.S. Senate 2022 primary candidate Jim Lamon voiced support for Masters’ run for Congress.
“This is a huge election for this country,” Lamon said. “We all have to stand united—just like the Marxists, right? They all stand united.”
“One thing I bet we agree on, our country needs us.”
Masters began by asking the cheering crowd, “Who’s waiting for a red wave in a couple of weeks?”
“We have to stay in the fight. We have to act as if our country depends on it.”
Masters said Arizona remains pivotal in the election, after having to bear the “brunt” of the illegal immigration and fentanyl crises. He blamed the Democrats’ failed policies in handling the emergencies.
“They have failed in so many respects. Many people talk about the border crisis as some abstraction, as if it’s some act of God. Biden caused it. His policies, right? Thanks to President Trump, we had operational control over our border,” Masters said.
“I knew it was going to be bad, you knew it was going to be bad but, man, I didn’t know it would be this bad … Democrats have exceeded our expectations.”
On Sept. 19, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the number of illegal alien encounters nationwide in August was 157,921—a 2.2 percent increase from July.
The total number of illegal alien encounters during the past fiscal year ending in September was nearly $2.5 million.
Masters said Biden’s executive order ending border wall construction in 2021 not only “incentivized” illegal immigration but also continued the immigration policy of former President Barack Obama.
The only sanctuary community where illegals are not welcome is Martha’s Vineyard, Masters said to laughter.
In September, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gained national attention when he sent two planes carrying illegal aliens and potential asylum seekers from Venezuela to affluent liberal Martha’s Vineyard, to the dismay of locals. The illegals were taken away voluntarily to a military base to receive food and shelter.
Good Policy, Bad Policy
Since Biden became president, Masters said the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and FBI have become weapons of the Democratic Party.
“Why does every federal agency need a mini-military police force? It’s really dangerous,” he said.
Inflation is rampant with the economy in tatters, and thousands of people die yearly from fentanyl overdoses, he said.
Masters said the Biden administration is pushing for federalized elections to remove state control. He described his U.S. Senate race as a “propaganda war” waged by Democrats, costing his campaign $400,000 weekly in advertising in Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous.
“In a weird way, Mark Kelly’s [negative] ads are helping me. They are what they call us. It’s projection,” Masters said.
Saying Kelly “votes more in lock-step with Biden, “now we can see the whites of their eyes,” with the Nov. 8 election now 37 days away, he said.
“Mark knows he’s vulnerable,” Masters said. “Look at everything that’s crumbling around you because of Democrat policies. Why believe Democrat attack ads?”
Masters said Democrats fear an America First platform, having “put America last” themselves.
Attorney General Race
Saturday’s gathering also featured Abe Hamadeh, Republican candidate for Arizona Attorney General in the general election. His Democratic opponent is Kristin Mayes.
“My opponent wants to fight the weather; I want to fight criminals,” Hamadeh said, lampooning Mayes’ stance on climate change. “My opponent wants to hunt down businesses.”
Hamadeh called on a united Republican front in a critical election, perhaps the most important in recent history.
“We all understand that we can’t do this alone,” he told supporters.
Of this aggressive border control policy, Hamadeh said on “day one,” he would declare Mexican drug cartels “terrorist organizations.”
Both candidates said they view the 2022 election as a struggle for national survival.
“We have to win. The stakes are too high. If not, [America] is gone—it is gone,” Masters said.