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Former President Donald Trump condemned the rise in violent crime plaguing America’s cities during a fiery speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas.
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“Savage criminals are being released on no cash bail to continue their violent atrocities against the United States of America,” Trump said. “Entire communities are torn apart by stabbings, shootings, strangulations, rapes and murders.”
The former president blamed Democratic elected officials in urban America for the rise in crime.
“The streets of our democratic cities are soaked in the blood of innocent victims,” Trump said. “Firefights rage between bloodthirsty street gangs, bullets tear through crowds at random murder, gorgeous, beautiful little kids who never had a chance.”
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Trump also said the lawlessness found at the US-Mexico border was playing a role in the rising crime rate.
“The Republican Party needs to campaign with a clear promise that if given the power they will fight with everything they have to close the border,” he said.
The comments were made during the delivery of the CPAC keynote address. Much of the speech focused on the political dysfunction visible under the Democratic Party’s dominance in Washington.
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“School prayer is banned, but drag shows are allowed … You can’t teach the Bible, but you can teach kids that America is evil and that men can get pregnant,” Trump said, “If the feds bureaucrats go to push this radicalism we should abolish the Ministry of Education.
The remarks came on the heels of a CPAC poll showing Trump as the overwhelming favorite for the 2024 GOP nomination among conservative grassroots groups. Trump garnered nearly 70% of the ballots cast at the convention, with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis comes in a distant second place with 23.7%.