Marsha Blackburn’s tweet about borderline fentanyl seizures sparks jokes and confusion

Republican Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn commented on a reported spike in fentanyl seizures at the country’s southern border, prompting a flurry of jokes and confusion on social media.

“From June to July, fentanyl seizures at the southern border increased by 203%,” Blackburn said wrote in a tweet on Tuesday. “Biden’s open border is crippling your community.”

Blackburn’s tweet came shortly after U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a July 2022 monthly operational update that showed the increase in drug seizures at the nation’s border.

“CBP officials, Border Patrol agents and Air and Naval Operations agents continue to interdict the flow of illegal narcotics across the border. Nationwide, drug seizures (cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, and marijuana) by weight decreased 1 percent in July compared to June,” the update said. However, it added that “fentanyl seizures increased by 203 percent “.

Above: A Drug Enforcement Administration chemist reviews seized powder containing fentanyl at the DEA Northeast Regional Laboratory in New York on October 8, 2019. Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn criticized President Joe Biden’s border policy, citing the number of seizures of fentanyl at the US-Mexico border.

Shortly after Blackburn’s tweet, some social media users responded with jokes and expressed confusion over their criticism of the seizures.

Twitter user Philly Fan wrote“‘Seizures’ are a good thing! To the men and women of @CBP, keep up the good work! We appreciate you!”

Twitter user Curt Koble wrote“Wait, what? We confiscated the drugs. Great work.”

Likewise Twitter user Scott Brailey wrote“So you mean it works when the seizures were high.”

Twitter user Gail Helt wrote“Drug seizures at the border seem like a good thing.

Twitter user eaglehound84 shared a gif by popular actor James Franco in response to Blackburn’s tweet.

According to CBP, 702 pounds of fentanyl were seized at the country’s borders in June. This compares to border guards seizing over £2,100 in July, mirroring the increase Blackburn mentioned. CBP data also showed that there were 146 fentanyl seizures in July, compared to 113 in June.

The Republican Party also faced similar criticism on Twitter last month for a tweet criticizing Biden’s border policies following a major fentanyl seizure. “621 pounds of deadly fentanyl were seized at the southern border in June alone,” the GOP Twitter account wrote a tweet.

The tweet prompted a range of reactions, with many users saying drug seizures are good for the nation.

“Again, the keyword is confiscated. Confiscated is a good thing. What part of confiscated don’t you understand?” Twitter user Gary wrote.

So did former President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump asked“Don’t you understand how this works?”

news week reached out to Blackburn’s office for further comment. Marsha Blackburn’s tweet about borderline fentanyl seizures sparks jokes and confusion

Rick Schindler

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