Trump pushed the law and order policy in his first DC speech since leaving the White House

In his first speech in Washington since leaving office, former President Trump on Tuesday attacked soft-on-crime policies for fueling a national wave of violence in several US cities and said police should be allowed to do their jobs. .

“Under Democrat rule, in Democrat-run cities, Democrat-run states and a Democrat-run federal government, criminals have been given freer rein than ever before,” Mr Trump said at a Washington hotel. told the America First Policy Institute Summit.

America’s streets are “riddled with needles and soaked in the blood of innocent victims,” ​​he said.

“Many of our great cities, from New York to Chicago to L.A., where the middle class came to live the American dream, are now war zones, literal war zones,” the former president said.

Mr. Trump called for national concealed carry reciprocity and urged lawmakers to return their powers and resources to law enforcement agencies.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Mr Trump, and he spoke to a crowd of supporters and political allies at a new think tank dedicated to his America First philosophy. Much of his address was devoted to restoring law and order, and enforcing the border — public safety policies he continued in office.

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Mr. Trump returns to Washington at a time when the GOP is divided between those who support him for another run for the White House and others who would prefer another Republican run for president.

According to recent polls, Mr. Trump has the support of a majority of Republican voters, but select committee hearings aired on Jan. 6 about the pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol have had a political impact on the former president’s popularity.

A Quinnipiac poll earlier this month showed 69% of Republicans want Mr Trump to run in 2024, down 11 points from 78% in October who said they wanted him to run.

The 2024 GOP nominee could face Mr. Biden, whose own approval numbers have trended downward. Polls show that even a majority of Democrats do not want Mr. Biden to run for a second term.

Former Vice President Mike Pence, who has been at loggerheads with Mr Trump since refusing to block congressional certification of Mr Biden’s election victory, spoke hours earlier at the nearby Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. There is a tank.

Still, the former vice president praised the accomplishments of the “Trump-Pence administration” in appointing three justices who made possible the recent ruling that ended abortion rights nationwide.

“We’ve consigned Roe v. Wade to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” Mr. Pence said. “We save the children, we will save America.”

Mr. Pence also focused on the difficulties facing America under Mr. Biden. He called on the GOP to focus on the future, a clear reference to Mr. Trump’s repeated claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him by Democrats.

“Now some people may choose to focus on the past, but elections are about the future and I think conservatives should focus on the future to win America back,” Mr Pence said.

Both Mr Trump and Mr Pence are running for the White House in 2024. Mr. Trump first attacked his former vice president last month at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Not to interfere with congressional certification of the January 6, 2021 presidential election.

“Mike Pence had a chance to be great. He had a chance to be historic, obviously,” Mr Trump said. “But just like that [former Attorney General] Bill Barr and the rest of these weaklings, Mike – and I say this sadly because I like him – but Mike didn’t have the guts to act.”

In Washington on Tuesday, Mr. Trump repeatedly criticized Democrats and the anti-police movement for fueling lawlessness across the United States.

“We’ve got to leave our police alone. Every time they do something, they’re afraid they’re going to be busted and their pensions are going to be taken away,” Mr Trump said. “Let them do their jobs, give them that dignity back. Give them what they deserve.”

He rattled off a list of recent violent crimes in big cities, and pointed to Democratic policies as the root of the problem.

“Drunken lunatics attack innocent victims at random. A roving mob of thieves burst into stores and get out with whatever goods they can carry. They are left alone. No one says to them, ‘That’s it.’ Don’t. Put it back now,” he said.

“We’re living in a different country,” Mr. Trump said. “For one fundamental reason, there is no longer any respect for the law, and certainly no borders. Our country has now become a haven for crime. The reason for the Democrat Party’s efforts to destroy and dismantle law enforcement agencies. From here we have blood, death and suffering once unimaginable.

The America First Policy Institute, founded by former senior Trump administration officials, was a two-day event that hosted prominent conservative figures promoting policies for the next GOP administration.

AFPI speakers focused on policies around the Republican Party’s plans to combat inflation, promote law and order, economic prosperity and border security.

AFPI’s lineup included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. former White House adviser Kellyanne Conway; former Energy Secretary Rick Perry; Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Bill Hagerty of Tennessee. and Richard Hudson of North Carolina, Claudia Tenney of New York and Byron Donalds of Florida.

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