First it was the “China Virus”, then “Asian Carp”, and now, “Mexican Cartels”.
Jennie Taer reports that the Biden administration is working over time to turn the war on drugs into a war on words.
The directive for Drug Enforcement Administration officials to not use the term “Mexican cartel” came directly from the Biden administration to ease relations with the Mexican government, two recently retired DEA officials told the Daily Caller News Foundation…
One recently-retired DEA official told the DCNF that when the new administration came in, the Department of Justice (DOJ) required DEA to submit news interview requests for approval. The retired official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the DOJ declined many of the national news requests on top of the language guidance, but eventually eased up and allowed some to do local interviews where he used the term “Mexican drug cartel” and called each by its name.
Would “White Hispanic Cartel” have been approved?
There’s two angles here.
One is the political commissar bit with the Biden administration’s henchmen closely controlling the content of interviews and zeroing in on politically offensive language. And then there’s the conviction that the problem with the Mexican cartels isn’t the cartel part, but the Mexican part.
It didn’t take long for “illegal alien”, despite still being the legal term, to disappear from the lexicon to be replaced by “undocumented immigrant”. I wonder what euphemism will emerge for Mexican cartel? Undocumented overdose supplier?