(The Hill) — Former President Trump outlined the steps the GOP will take if it regains control of Congress in November during his speech Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) convention.
Trump said the midterms should be a “national referendum” on President Biden and Democratic control of Congress, and that Republicans should ensure the Democrats suffer a “crippling” defeat. His speech at the convention in Dallas, Texas concluded his third day.
Trump pointed to candidates he backed in the primaries on multiple occasions, like Tudor Dixon, the Republican candidate for governor of Michigan, and Kari Lake, who won the GOP nomination for governor of Arizona. .
He said GOP candidates should campaign to hold the Biden administration accountable and work to “close” the southern border, reduce crime and fight inflation. He said restoring “public safety” is the first job of the next Congress, and he knows Republicans who run “are not going to play games.”
Trump reiterated his call for the death penalty for drug traffickers. He said China has no drug problem because it executes drug traffickers following speedy trials.
He said the process “sounds awful” but would be effective in bringing down the drug trade.
Trump said Congressional Republicans should make it clear that no money will be provided to fund Biden’s “open borders agenda.”
Republicans have sharply criticized the Biden administration for increasing the number of undocumented immigrants since taking office. Biden lifted several Trump-era policies after becoming president, most recently Title 42, a pandemic-era policy that allowed the federal government to quickly deport undocumented immigrants and block them from seek asylum.
Trump said the country needs a “record” increase in the number of immigration and customs officers to deport undocumented immigrants, and that the government should impose tougher penalties on repeat offenders.
Trump said the teaching of any inappropriate “racial, sexual and political material” to school children “in any form” should be prohibited, and if federal officials push this “radicalism”, the Department of Education should be abolished.
He supported several other cultural issues that have become key parts of many Republican platforms, such as banning transgender people from playing sports with the gender they identify with and ending a “regime of censorship.” to protect freedom of expression.
He said the next Congress had many urgent tasks to do and there was no time to wait.
Trump also hinted at a potential third run for president in 2024, saying he won millions more votes in 2020 than in 2016 and “we may have to start over.”
Trump told New York Magazine last month that he has already decided whether to run again, but the big decision will be whether he announces before or after the midterm elections.
He said the country’s comeback would begin in November with midterm elections, but 2024 will be the “big one”.
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