Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday (CNN) laid out a tough criminal justice plan for the Republican Party, praising China’s justice system, calling for the death sentence for drug dealers, and claiming the federal government should go around governors to utilize the National Guard to fight crime.
Former President Trump visited Washington, DC for the first time since leaving office on January 6, 2021. While the former president praised the police and even called officers his “heroes,” he did not mention the police who protected the US Capitol on that date or the deaths and injuries that resulted from the attack on that day. On the contrary, Trump reassured his listeners that “our great police know what to do,” but that the country must “let them do it.”
However, Trump did label the House select committee investigating the incident, which has been holding high-profile hearings for weeks, as a “unselect committee of political hacks and thugs.”
He singled out the two Republican members of the committee, Wyoming’s Liz Cheney and Illinois’ Adam Kinzinger, saying they “truly want to destroy me so I can no longer go back to work for you.”
With regards to law enforcement, Trump has advocated for a “return to stop-and-frisk policies in cities,” argued that cities should not “strip (police) of their liability shield in any way, shape, or form,” and argued that the United States should”give our police back their authority, resources, power, and prestige.”
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Trump’s first visit to Washington, DC, after leaving office was for a speech at the America First Policy Institute’s two-day summit. It comes as Trump suggests he may run for president again in 2024, and as Congress prepares for more hearings into the insurrection that he sparked by denying the results of the 2020 election on January 6, 2021.
Trump made a cryptic reference to 2024 in the speech, indicating that the next Republican president should support his criminal justice policies, but he only admitted his personal goals when he promoted the fiction that he won his bid for a second term in 2020.
On Tuesday, he was in Washington, but he didn’t name any of the other Republicans who are considering a bid in 2024, like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence.
“I triumphed for a second time, and this time I really nailed it. Improved greatly. improved greatly Highly dishonest. I’ve always boasted that the first time I entered a race, I came out on top. And then I ran again, and this time I crushed it, “He continued to insist on his ludicrous assertion that the next 2020 election was stolen from him.
“Wow, that was a total embarrassment. However, we might have to go through this process once more. Our country has to be put in order.” Trump said, “the radical left’s anti-police narrative is a blatant fake,” in reference to the falsehoods surrounding the upcoming 2020 election.
The huge deception, he said, echoing Democratic criticism of Trump’s campaign rhetoric. “What does that mean, exactly? That enormous fib, to put it another way.” The trip to Washington, DC also highlights Trump’s stunning rupture with ex-Vice President Mike Pence, whom Trump has openly chastised for not trying to defy voters’ decisions by rejecting key states’ electoral votes.
Countering Trump, Pence said earlier this year, “Trump is mistaken” about being able to change the outcome. In recent speeches, he has called for Republicans to put aside their differences and provide a plan that looks beyond 2020. Pence was supposed to give a lecture at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC on Monday, but his aircraft was rerouted because of the weather.
“Our country is in decline.” Trump’s speech had a gloomy tone, similar to his inauguration address in 2017, as he painted a picture of a country plagued by crime, drugs, and homelessness.
A failing nation, Trump declared. “Dangerously disturbed individuals are free to wander our streets without consequence. Neither the law nor any kind of order is respected, and that has fundamentally changed our country.
Our country has descended into a criminal cesspool “President Trump has on occasion made specific references to high-profile crimes, many of which have been heavily covered by conservative media.
Trump once lauded Xi Jinping for how he handled drug dealers, citing an incident in which Jinping informed him about “fast trials” for drug criminals in China, which he claimed condemned people in “two hours.”
To paraphrase, “It sounds dreadful, doesn’t it? But that’s the problem-free group right there. Having to spend the next 15 years in court is not necessary. Trump has been advocating for the death sentence for drug dealers since before he was president.
“It goes rapidly,” he remarked. Trump claimed that the next president, despite Republicans’ traditional support for state rights, will have to bypass governors and mobilize the National Guard in order to tackle crime.
While campaigning for president, Trump said, “When governors fail to defend their people, we need to bring in what is necessary nonetheless.” He went on to say that the next president should deploy the National Guard to the most dangerous areas of Chicago until peace is restored.
Additionally, Trump has proposed that the federal government construct massive tent cities on the edges of some of the nation’s main urban centers and evict those now living in such areas. He said the government should “create thousands and thousands of high-quality tents” in the “outer reaches of the cities,” and then bring in medical professionals, psychologists, and psychiatrists to work with people.
Trump said the GOP is “on the verge of a historic midterm election” and has a “great opportunity” in 2022, echoing Republican hopes that the year will be a landmark for the party.
A Republican president will return to the White House in 2024, and he said, “I am here before you to begin to talk about what we must do to accomplish that future when we win a glorious victory in 2022.”
One could say, “He is the largest name.”
The America First Policy Institute invited Trump to speak because, as the institute’s chief communications officer Marc Lotter told CNN over the weekend, Trump is “still the leader of the America First movement.”
“He’s the most famous person in the industry. Many of the ideas that got him elected president were the result of his foresight “To quote Lotter: “When you consider the current state of affairs in the United States, it becomes clear that many are yearning for a return to that era of bold policymaking. They would prefer a different situation in which gas is cheap, wages increase, and stock markets boom.”
CNN reported that Trump supporters were hoping the former president would use the address to look ahead to the upcoming midterm elections and use that opportunity to set a Republican agenda. Since Trump has hinted at running again in 2024, his advisers have urged him to stop worrying about the 2020 election and start working on issues like the economy, the education system, and public safety that they think would get him reelected.
Trump made it clear in his speech on Tuesday that he has not changed his mind. While the topic of the address was meant to be a crime, President Trump instead spent time attacking the committee investigating January 6 and talking about his disloyal Republican colleagues and the lies he has said about the upcoming 2020 election.
Some of Trump’s associates were worried that the former president’s fixation on the past might hinder his chances in a presidential run in 2024, and they were frustrated with him before his address because of this. The former president is no stranger to this.
To keep voicing his frustrations about 2020, Trump has utilized his latest speeches to do so. In his campaign appearances leading up to the midterm elections in November, he has primarily endorsed candidates who share his election denialism and who have run on platforms of trying to erase the 2020 results and making voting more difficult in future elections.
Following appearances by a number of Trump’s Republican allies, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Trump’s former White House and campaign aides, including Kellyanne Conway, gave speeches at the summit hosted by the America First Policy Institute on Tuesday.
McCarthy told reporters outside his office on Tuesday night that he and Trump met with a group of around 50 lawmakers after the event and spent time with Trump backstage before it.
While praising the former president’s address, the Republican leader admitted that he had no idea what Trump will do in 2024, citing the strain on Trump’s family as a possible factor. Party leaders are keen to make the 2017 election a referendum on President Joe Biden, not Trump, and McCarthy told reporters that he has pushed Trump to wait until after the elections to announce any White House run.
McCarthy stated, “My point to him has always been, ‘Let’s go win ’22.'” “Hold your horses and see what develops. Target year 22 as your year of victory. This would be the case if we were to win in ’22 and implement several of our platform proposals.”
Lotter said on CNN on Sunday, “I think there is nobody better than the former President to be able to give voice to that agenda, to lay it out for the legislative midterms and beyond.”
“What is going to happen next is entirely up to the voters and the President and any other people who might be getting into the race,” he said. “The one thing we can say for sure is that the policies were effective.
Thus, we are concentrating on establishing the groundwork for a return to those successful policies. And President Trump remains not only a prominent figure but arguably the most prominent figure, in this movement.”
Nonetheless, not all former Trump aides were thrilled by his appearance at the gathering, further showing discord within the Trump movement ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
AFPI is a “Trojan horse” that is aiming to “hijack the political attraction of Trumpism but replace Trump with an AFPI-anointed RINO,” as Trump aide Peter Navarro put it in an op-ed published on Tuesday under the headline “Don’t go, boss.”
New details were added to the story on Tuesday.