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AUDIO: Tennessee Republican Party Chair Claims ‘Drug Dealers’ and ‘Potential Child Molesters’ Are Part of Caravan

A state party chair in a key election battleground made a wild, baseless claim about the migrant caravan heading toward the U.S. Southern border on National Public Radio in advance of Tuesday night’s vote.

Appearing on NPR, Tennessee Republican party chairman Scott Golden — whose state is home to the hotly-contested Senate showdown between Marsha Blackburn (R) and Phil Breseden (D) — claimed, without supporting evidence, that “drug dealers” and “potential child molesters” are part of the caravan.

“There is a lot of uncertainty about who is in the caravan,” Golden said. He added, “I’m talking about drug dealers, or people that are smuggling, or potential child molesters that are using these people to get into the United States.”

Golden was asked by host Mary Louise Kelly to provide some evidence for his claim.

“I don’t know that anybody’s denying that human trafficking is — I don’t think that’s your position — that you’re denying that human trafficking takes place,” Golden told Kelly. “Or that drugs are coming from the Southwestern border, moving across Tennessee, up to the New England corridor. I mean, that is happening. And we don’t know what’s in the caravan. That’s the that’s the concern, quite frankly, from the voters, is: What is the unknown?”

Listen above, via NPR.

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